Distinguished American Indian Speaker's Series 2000

"Visions of Education for the 21st Century:

Facing the Challenges of Cultural and Tribal Sovereignty"


November 1-3, 2000 on the University of Idaho, Moscow Campus

Sponsored by the Native American Student Association and the American Indian Studies Program

Conference Keynote Addresses by: Rebecca Tsosie and David Hurst Thomas

Rebecca Tsosie

    Rebecca Tsosie is Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University. A Pascua Yaqui, Professor Tsosie received her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990. After clerking for Vice Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman on the Arizona Supreme Court Professor Tsosie worked as a litigation associate with Brown & Bain in Phoenix. Professor Tsosie spent a year as a Visiting Professor of Law at ASU College of Law before joining the ASU faculty in 1994. She is now actively engaged in writing and speaking on topics which include tribal environmental policy and cultural resources management. Professor Tsosie teaches Federal Indian Law, Property, Indian Cultural Property, and Tribal Environmental Policy.


David Hurst Thomas is Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York The American Museum of Natural History is the repository of one the world's largest collections of American Indian artifacts. Thomas is a Founding Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Roundtable Panel Discussions

American Indian Cinema

Showing at 11:00 am Borah Theater in the Student Union Building

Teacher Curriculum Workshop

A central component of this conference will be a curriculum development workshop in which fifteen area high school teachers, working with University of Idaho faculty and staff, will have an opportunity to interact directly with these leaders and educators, as well as with our two national experts, and explore the issues of Indian education for the twenty-first century. Coordination is being done by Georgia Johnson, Associate Professor of Education, and Isabel Bond, Director of Upward Bound and Instructor in Secondary Education, working closely with Reva Hess, teacher at Lakeside High School (on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation); Mary Lynn Walker, teacher at Lapwai High School (on the Nez Perce Reservation); and Susan Seaman, Curriculum Director of the Moscow School District.

Curriculum design ideas and lesson plans resulting from the workshop will be circulated and distributed to all participating teachers, stored in the American Indian Studies Resource Library and Department of Education, and available for future reference.

In order to further share the curricular results of the teacher’s workshop to as wide an audience as possible, a website will be designed and publicized on all conference materials and through the American Indian Studies and Teacher Education Programs. The site will assemble the highlights and key examples of teacher curricular design to all interested teachers throughout our state and region. This will allow teachers who could not attend the conference to garner some of the insights for inclusion into their classrooms.  For additional information, contact: Isabel Bond or Georgia Johnson.  Registration Information Forthcoming.

Academic Credit

Academic credit will be offered through the University of Idaho to any students seeking a more guided educational approach to the conference. The credit will be geared to the particular interests of the student and under the direction of an appropriate faculty member, be it in America Indian Studies, Anthropology, Education or Sociology. For additional information, contact:  Rodney Frey

For Additional Information contact one of the co-chairs:

Renee Walker 208-885-1478,  Isabel Bond  208-885-6205, or Rodney Frey  208-885-6268

Motel Accommodations: University Inn-Best Western 208-882-0550, Mark IV 208-882-7557, Super 8 208-883-1503

Funded in part by

Idaho Humanities Council

Funding also from the College of Law, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Letters and Science, and the Office of the President and Provost of the University of Idaho

Moscow Chamber of Commerce Endorsement

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