Campus News - October 1, 2001

Native American activist opens lecture series

Former Governor of Isleta Pueblo and environmental activist Verna Williamson-Teller will be the opening speaker for the UNM Native American Studies 2001-02 Lecture Series. Scholars and activists who play a significant role in local, regional and international affairs are featured speakers during the fall and spring semesters.

The first woman to be elected governor of an Indian Pueblo (Isleta), Verna Williamson-Teller will speak Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. in Education, rm. 103, and at 7 p.m. in the Kiva classroom. An environmental activist, Williamson-Teller was instrumental to Isleta Pueblo’s success to compel the City of Albuquerque to clean up polluted water it discharged into the Rio Grande.

Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Graham Hingangaroa Smith of the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education at the University of Auckland in New Zealand will talk about their research and activism Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in Education, rm. 103, and at 7 p.m. in the Kiva classroom.

“The theme of scholars and activists as speakers for this year’s series comes from ‘All Our Relations’ by Winona LaDuke who says ‘there is, in many indigenous teachings, a great optimism for the potential to make positive change,’” said NAS Acting

Director Glenabah Martinez, adding that LaDuke will be a speaker spring semester.

For more information, call Native American Studies, 505-277-3917.

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