Vine Deloria Jr. Symposium – AGENDA


Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium

Relationships, Reciprocity, Rights, and Resistance

“Redefining natural resource management as relatives.”


Northwest Indian College

Lummi Nation

FRIDAY        MAY 17, 2019

9:00 am        Registration and Coffee

10:00 am       Welcome & Prayer

  • Lummi Nation Welcome
  • Justin Guillory (Nez Perce), President of Northwest Indian College
  • Victoria Walsey-Honanie (Yakama and Warm Springs) and Emma Norman (Italian/ Welsh heritage), Deloria Symposium Co-Coordinators
    • Acknowledgements and Introduction to Symposium

10:30 am     KEYNOTE ADDRESS –  

  • Chief Tsi’li’xw, Bill James (Lummi Nation)

11:15 am     Panel 1- Wisdom Holders

  • Tom Sampson (Tsartlip First Nation) – invited
  • to be confirmed
  • to be confirmed

12:00 pm    COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH – location to be confirmed

    Prepared by Ces Ballew and Family (Lummi Nation)


1:00 pm      Panel 2 – Indigenous Research Methods

    “TÓ BÉ ÍÍNÁ ÁT’É – Using an Indigenous Research Paradigm to Assess Traditional Sources of

    Water within Cho’ho’tsoi Valley.”

  • Aissa Yazzie (Diné), Northwest Indian College

    Title TBA

  • Laural Ballew (Swinomish), Northwest Indian College / Western Washington University

    “Weaponizing Tradition: Threads of Resistance & Oppression”

  • Kayla Kuboyama (Native Hawaiian),  Evergreen State College
  • Amy Gould, Evergreen State College

2:30 pm      BREAK Sacred

2:45 pm      Panel 3- Sustainable Indigenous Water Practices (title to be confirmed)

  • Ryan Emmanuel (Lumbee), North Carolina State University
  • Shandin Pete (Salish/Diné), Salish Kootenai College
  • Ranalda Tsosie (Navajo), University of Montana
  • Todd A. Mitchell (swəlítub, a Swinomish Tribal citizen), Director of the Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection

3:45 pm      Panel 4- Food Sovereignty

    “Title 1- Tentative”

  • Vina Brown (Heiltsuk Nation), Northwest Indian College

    “Title 2- Tentative”

  • Frank Brown (Heiltsuk Nation), affiliation

    “Title 3-Tentative”

  • Tentative (tribe), affiliation

    “Title 4-Tentative”

  • Tentative (tribe), affiliation

5:00 pm        Activity – Traditional Foods Demonstration – Cooperative Extension Office, NWIC – Coordinated by Vina Brown (Heiltsuk Nation), Northwest Indian College




SATURDAY      MAY 18, 2019

8:00 am      Registration and Coffee

9:00 am      Panel 5 – Legislative Update

  • Senator John McCoy (Tulalip), Washington Senator for the 38th District
  • Representative Debra Lekanoff, (Tlingit), 40th Legislative District for House of Representatives
  • Amy Ruble (Moderator) Senior Advisor & Tribal Liaison for the Washington State House of Representatives

10:30 am     BREAK

10:45 am     Panel 6- Consent and Consultation in Indigenous Politics

  • Hank Adams (Sioux-Assiniboine), Native American Activist and Scholar – Invited
  • David Wilkens (Lumbee), McKnight Presidential Professorship in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota
  • Julio Quan (Guatemalan), National University of Guatemala (Retired)

11:45am      COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH – Location to be confirmed

1:00 pm      Panel 7- Indigenous Water Governance

    “Tsleil-Waututh Law, Jurisdiction, and Coast Salish Futures: A Case Study from Burrard Inlet”

  • Erin Hanson (Settler Canadian), Policy Advisor & Sacred Trust Manager Treaty, Lands and Resources Department Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation Representative (TBA)

    “Revitalizing Cultural Knowledge and Honoring Sacred Waters through the Oral History of the

    Nooksack River”

  • Althea Wilson (Lummi), Northwest Indian College

2:30 pm      Panel 8- Place Based Education

     “Place-Based Indigenous Education through Community Service”

  • Michell Montgomery (Haliwa Saponi/Eastern Band Cherokee), Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma

    “Title 2- Tentative”

  • Lisa Redsteer (Navajo Dine’), Northwest Indian College

    “A wellness framework for teaching Indigenous science; place-based and culturally-relevant

    education for human empowerment and environmental sustainability”

  • May Hay (Anishinaabe), Virginia Tech Faculty

3:30 pm      BREAK

3:45 pm        Panel 9- Salish Sea Speaker Series Alumni: Reflections and Next Steps

  • Tim Ballew, Sr. (Lummi Nation), Northwest Indian College
  • Other speakers to be confirmed

5:30 pm      Closing protocols and Salmon Dinner