THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007
8:15 am – Student Union 2nd Floor Loft – Conference Registration
9:00 am – Student Union 2nd Floor Loft – President’s Welcome
9:30 am – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Native Social Issues 1
9:30 am – Student Union 323 – Native Education 1
9:30 am – Student Union Frost Chambers 315 – Native Literature 1
in Louise Erdrich’s Tracks”
11:00 am – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Native History 1
11:00 am – Student Union 323 – Native Education 2
11:00 am – Henry Bennett Library – Native American Room – Native Literature
12:30 pm – Lunch on your own
2:00 pm – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Cherokee Ways
2:00 pm – Student Union 323 – Native Politics 1
2:00 pm – Henry Bennett Library – Native American Room
3:30 pm – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Native Social Issues 2
3:30 pm – Henry Bennett Library – Native American Room
4:30 pm – Henry Bennett Library – Native American Room – Ron Wallace
Ron is a distinguished local poet of Choctaw, Cherokee, Osage, and Scots-Irish ancestry. An alumnus of SOSU, he has taught English at nearby Colbert High School for nearly 30 years. His work has appeared in numerous poetry journals and magazines, and his recently published collection Native Son: American Poems from the Heart of Oklahoma was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in poetry for 2007. His poems are in modern narrative free verse, almost a story-telling style, and heavily
laden with his love for Oklahoma and Durant in particular.
7:00 pm – Fine Arts Recital Hall – Jerod Tate — SOSU Musical Arts Series
Born in Norman, Oklahoma and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is a musical composer dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. He has received numerous awards and his work has been performed by many prestigious orchestras across the United States, including a recent performance of Iholba (The Vision), for Solo Flute, Orchestra and Chorus by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Jerod is currently Composer-in-Residence for the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy and The Joyce Foundation/American Composers Forum, teaching composition to American Indian high school students in Minneapolis.
8:30 pm – Student Union 2nd Floor Loft – Reception for Jerod Tate
Friday, November 2, 2007
7:45 am – Student Union 2nd Floor Loft – Conference Registration
8:15 am – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Native Politics 2
8:15 am – Student Union 323 – Native Environmental Issues
8:15 am – Student Union Frost Chambers 315 – Native Literature 2
10:00 am – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Native Music and Art
10:00 am -Student Union 323 – Native Science and History
10:00 am – Student Union Frost Chambers 315 – Native Literature 3
12:00 pm – Lunch on your own.
1:00 pm – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Native History 2
1:00 pm – Student Union 323 – Native Americans and Religion
1:00 pm – Student Union Frost Chambers – Native Literature 4
3:00 pm – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Plenary Session – “In the Minds of the Beholders: The Natchez Paradox”
K. T. (Hutke) Fields, Principal Chief of the Natchez Nation, will lead a group presentation
on the history of the Natchez people and their political, social, and cultural practices today.
5:00 pm – Student Union Auditorium 213 – Steven Heape, The Trail of Tears
Steven R. Heape of the Cherokee Nation is a prominent filmmaker and film producer. Co-founder of Rich-Heape Films based in Dallas, Texas, he and his partner Chris Richie specialize in Native American history and drama, including this two-hour PBS documentary on the Cherokee Removal to Oklahoma. Steven will show a brief video summary of the film and make himself available for an informal discussion afterwards.
7:00 pm – Visual and Performing Arts Center – Keynote Banquet
7:50 pm – Keynote Introduction by President Jesse O. Snowden
8:00 pm – Keynote Speech – Rennard Strickland
A legal historian of Osage and Cherokee heritage, Rennard Strickland has had a very distinguished academic career as a professor of Native American law and law school dean at numerous universities, including most recently the University of Oregon, Oklahoma City University, and the University of Oklahoma, where he served as founding director of the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy. He is also the author or editor of more than thirty books directed at both academic and popular audiences, such as Tonto’s Revenge: Reflections on American Indian Culture and Policy, Fire and the Spirits: Cherokee Law from Clan to Court, The Indians in Oklahoma: Newcomers to a New Land, and The Handbook of Federal Indian Law. He is the first person to have served as both president of the Association of American Law Schools and as chair of the Law School Admissions Council, and he is only person to have received both the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Award and the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award. In addition to his legal and historical interests, Professor Strickland is also an avid collector of Native American art
and a major donor to a number of museums.