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American Indian author and lecturer to speak at New Mexico State University Nov. 12

American Indian author and lecturer Daniel R. Wildcat will speak on "Native Ways of Knowing" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Room 106 of Hardman Hall at New Mexico State University.

will discuss American Indian intellectual sovereignty and self-determination. He will talk about how American Indian systems of knowledge have been actively repressed for five centuries.

Wildcat is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and an American Indian Studies faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. He is co-author of "Power and Place: Indian Education in America" with Vine Deloria Jr. The book is available for purchase at the NMSU Bookstore and Wildcat will sign copies after the lecture.

A Yuci member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, Wildcat has been highly involved with the environment. In 1992, he was honored with the Heart Peace Award by the Kansas City organization The Future Is Now for his efforts to promote world peace and cultural diversity. He helped plan and organize an American Indian educational program to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day in 1996 and moderated a live broadcast dialogue between elders, scientists and engineers about ensuring a healthy planet for future generations. A year later, he was involved with a four-part video series titled "All Things Are Connected: The Circle of Life," which dealt with environmental science and policy issues.

Wildcat received his bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the University of Kansas and is completing an interdisciplinary doctorate in public administration and social science at the University of Missouri.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Don Pepion, director of the American Indian Program at NMSU, at (505) 646-4207.