Native American Symposium

2001-Fourth Native American Symposium: “Smoke Screens/Smoke Signals: Looking Through Two Worlds”

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK
November 8, 9, and 10th 2001


Featured Speaker

Joy Harjo

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Joy Harjo. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She received a BA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Creative Writing Workshop. She has also completed the filmmaking program at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe and a songwriting workshop at Berkelee School of Music in Boston. She has published six books of poetry. Another recent publication is a children’s book, The Good Luck Cat, from Harcourt. She has also co-edited an anthology of native women’s writing: Reinventing the Enemy’s Language: Contemporary Native Women’s Writing of North America and a book of poetic prose with photographs by Steven Strom, Secrets from the Center of the World. Harjo was the narrator for the Native Americans series on Turner Network and more recently the narrator for the Emmy award-winning show, Navajo Codetalkers for National Geographic.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University would like to thank the following contributors for their generous sponsorship of the Fourth Native American Symposium.


  • Dr. Daniel Althoff
  • Ms. Jane McMillan
  • Dr. Mark Spencer
  • Kenneth L. Delashaw, Jr., Attorney at Law


  • Stephen A. Ortlip, M.D.
  • Red River Valley Rural Electrical Association
  • Gene and Anne Washburn


  • Country & Town Real Estate, Inc.

We would also like to thank:

  • Oklahoma Humanities Council
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Red River Arts Council
  • SOSU Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Committee
  • SOSU School of Arts and Sciences
      Dean, Dr. C. W. Mangrum
  • School of Education and Behavioral Sciences
      Dean, Dr. Joseph Licata

    • Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Co-Chair, Psychology
    • Mr. Chad Litton, Co-Chair, Sociology
    • Dr. Daniel Althoff, English, Humanities and Language
    • Ms. Debbie Barnes, President’s Liason
    • Ms. Mary Carden, English, Humanities, and Languages
    • Ms. Grace Cincotta, Graduate Student/Webmaster
    • Ms. Corie Delashaw, History
    • Ms. Jane McMillan, Director, Counseling Center
    • Ms. Camille Phelps, Multicultural Director
    • Mr. Greg Reiman, Art
    • Dr. Mark Spencer, English, Humanities, Languages
    • Dr. Claire Stubblefield, Director, Office of Diversity
    • Ms. Susan Webb, Library Liaison
    • Dr. Chunmei You, Political Science