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Dan Wildcat - A Call to Consciousness on Climate Change

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Published on Jun 30, 2008

Complete Video - http://www.nmai.si.edu/iss/2008/me_we...

Dan Wildcat (Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma)
Daniel R. Wildcat is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and of the American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1994 Wildcat helped form a partnership with the Hazardous Substance Research Center at Kansas State University to create the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center as a nonprofit Native American initiative to facilitate technology transfer to tribal governments and Native communities, transfer of accurate environmental information to tribes, and research opportunities for tribal college faculty and students throughout the United States.

In 1996 Dr. Wildcat helped plan and organize an American Indian educational program to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day. As a part of the program, he moderated a live, nationally broadcast dialogue in Washington, D.C., between traditional American Indian elders and American Indian scientists and engineers about the way we must live if we are to ensure a healthy planet for our children. Wildcat also helped plan and design a four-part video series entitled All Things Are Connected: The Circle of Life (1997), which dealt with land, air, water, and biological issues related to environmental science and policy challenges facing Native nations. His recent activities have revolved around forming the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group, a network of individuals and organizations working on climate change issues.

Wildcat received B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from the University of Kansas and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is the author or editor of several books, including Power and Place: Indian Education in America (2001), with Vine Deloria, Jr.; Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria's Legacy on Intellectual America (2006), with Steve Pavlik; and Red Alert: Saving the Earth with Indigenous Knowledge (forthcoming).

Complete Video - http://www.nmai.si.edu/iss/2008/me_we...

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