We made it to Santa Marta!

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IEI will be presenting at this conference next week.

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Northwest Indian College and the WWU Huxley College of the Environment present the Salish Sea Speaker Series "Pulling Together in Shared Waters, with Chief Tsi'Lu"Xw, Bill James, Hereditary Chief and and Master Weaver, and Troy Olsen, Lummi Nation, Master Weaver. March 8, at WWU and at NWIC.

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Innovative and participatory Indigenous health study

February 26, 2018For decades, research on health issues in Native American communities has typically taken the form of medical surveillance. But Native people “are tired of being pathologized,” says Bonnie Duran, who directs the Center for Indigenous Health Research at the School of Social Work'...

IEI is going to be speaking at this conference in Colombia!

Researchers measure mixed metals mining contamination on Native Americans

By Rick Nathanson / Journal Staff Writer
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Updated: Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 6:12pm...

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Check out the January 2018 Newsletter to see what IEI has been up to!…/IEI_Newsletter_v4_1-20-18.pdf…

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ICE Fishing! in the Saranac Lakes
Cold and super fun. WE caught smelt and Dave cooked them up at the Wild Center. Very tasty. I had not fished for smelt since I was 5 years old in the Columbia River.

Saranac Lake, NY
Ice festival, visit to Paul Smith's College to learn about core drill lake samples back to the ice age and Dr. Curt Stager's talk about Native American life in Adirondack Park for millenia. Dr Stager talked about misconceptions of the Park history - which claimed there were almost no native people there. His research shows there were thousands of years of native presence in that area. Our week long conference was closed by Sue Herne and a stirring talk about the Iroquois Confederacy.

Six Nations Indian Museum at Onchiota, NY
What a collection! We stood, admired, loved and froze as we visited this wonderful museum. Driving through huge open fields and frozen lakes, almost to the Canadian border, we were honored with a tour through this family museum. John and Dave Fadden, artists and writers, showed us hundreds of ancient to modern artifacts and art of the Six Nations in their collection. John had done the lovely drawings for the Mohawk Thanksgiving Address with which our entire week visit had begun. Three generations of the family had hand written intricate descriptive pieces explaining Akwesasne culture, and even (exciting to this Cherokee/Navajo woman!) included Cherokee baskets and images thus honoring the Cherokee as part of the Iroquoian linguistic family.

Akwesasne Cultural Center Museum NY
A learning experience with our Mohawk partners. We saw beautiful baskets, lovely paintings, a sacred wampum belt, and heard from museum personnel about stories of Mohawk culture. Sue Herne gave a great talk about the history of the Confederacy and the importance of wampum belts in their culture.

Visit to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY
IEI visited the Wild Center in cold, snowy, Tupper Lake, NY. The Wild Center is a wonderful natural history museum which is partnering with the Akwesasne Cultural Center Museum in St. Regis, and the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota, NY, both firmly grounded in Mohawk history and culture. Stephanie Ratcliffe, Jen Kretser and Kara Page are leading the Wild Center in this project, funded by IMLS. Sue Herne is leading the project f...or the Akwesasne Museum and John and Dave Fadden are leading the project for the Six Nations Indian Museum. It was wonderful to hear of the Cherokee connections to the Iroquoian Confederacy and hear linguistic similarities and cultural story similarities among these Iroquoian language groups. The Wild Center will be hosting the OMSI produced Roots of Wisdom exhibit in summer, 2018. David Begay and Nancy Maryboy were Co PI's of the exhibit. The Mohawk partners will be developing an addition to ROW which features sustainable traditional ecological practices of the tribe. This is going to be an exemplary project. Evaluators are Shelly Valdez and Jill Stein. Advisors are David Begay, Nancy Maryboy, (IEI) and Robin Kimmerer and Neil Patterson, Jr., SUNY, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

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We are thrilled to announce that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded The Wild Center a Museums for America Grant in the amount of $245,161 ...for our Ways of Knowing project.

While there are several components to the three-year long project, this grant highlights a partnership between The Wild Center, Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota, NY and the Akwesasne Cultural Center in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, that will bring indigenous knowledge experts together to aid us in incorporating traditional ecological knowledge and different perspectives and cultural elements into our exhibits and experiences. Additional partners in this project will include the Indigenous Education Institute and the Center for Native Peoples & the Environment at SUNY-ESF.

After hearing the news, partner David Fadden of the Six Nations Indian Museum commented, “The Six Nations Indian Museum finds this project important because it will allow for a broader audience to learn about the culture of the original inhabitants of the area and help diminish some of the misconceptions about the Haudenosaunee. Our two institutions share a common philosophy of conservation and stewardship of the environment and natural world. Through programming and exhibit design we can help reach the goals of education and enlightenment with respect to the health of the earth during this critical time in earth’s history.”

Read more about Ways of Knowing in our full press release here:

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Advisory partner from the Indigenous Education Institute David Begay and project evaluators Shelly Valdez and Jill Stein from Native Pathways get up close and personal with some of The Wild Center's animal ambassadors.

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The Wild Center

Neil Patterson from SUNY-ESF's Center for Native Peoples & the Environment, The Wild Center's Dave St. Onge, project evaluator Shelly Valdez of Native Pathways,... and advisory partner Nancy Maryboy from the Indigenous Education Institute take a look at Dave Fadden's initial designs for the reinterpreted Marsh Oxbow.

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Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's study on The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health for the Webinar on Indigenous Perspectives on the Use of Biotechnology in Forests. Friday, March 2, 2018 2:00 PM Eastern Time Invited Speakers: (additional speakers....

We are looking forward to hearing Neil Patterson speak at this webinar. We had the pleasure of hanging out with him last week at the Wild Center and Six Nations Museum and Akwasasne Museum in upstate New York State.
Webinar on Indigenous Perspectives on the Use of Biotechnology in Forests
Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's study on The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health for the Webinar on…