Charlotte Roderique

Charlotte Roderique is a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe. She has worked and been involved with tribal issues, tribal causes, and tribal government for 49 years. Her education began at Chemawa Indian School, public school, and culminated with graduation from Chilocco Indian School, Chilocco, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, she entered a college…

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Will Wilson

William (Will) Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, and in 2010 was awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wilson created The Critical Indigenous Exchange because he was impatient with…

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Andrew Smith

Andrew is an Associate Professor in the School of Media Arts at the University of Montana. His short film Career Opportunities in Poetry, has screened widely at national film festivals. He recently produced another short, Fire Season, He lives in Missoula, with his wife Courtney Saunders and two daughters, Matilde and Elodie. THE BROTHERS SMITH…

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Alex Smith

Alex teaches Filmmaking at the University of Texas at Austin, and is the Creative Director of the non-profit University of Texas Film Institute, where he produced Dance with the One, starring Gabe Luna (Matador), which premiered in main competition at SXSW, and was made entirely by students but mentored by film industry professionals. THE BROTHERS…

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Howie Movshovitz

Howie Movshovitz is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Film in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. He was film critic at Colorado Public Radio for many years, and is now film critic at KUNC. He has contributed features on film subjects to National Public Radio news programs since 1987….

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Bunky Echo-Hawk

The Center of the American West is pleased to welcome multi-talented artist, activist, and public speaker, Bunky Echo-Hawk as the tenth guest in the Modern Indian Identity lecture series. This series features contemporary Indian speakers telling their stories in ways that shatter misconceptions of what it means to be a “real Indian.” Bunky Echo-Hawk’s work…

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Dan Wildcat

Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished scholar who writes on indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education. He is also co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, which he founded with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University….

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Walter Echo-Hawk

Walter Echo-Hawk, a lawyer, tribal judge, scholar, and activist, was the eighth guest in our Modern Indian Identity series. With legal experience including cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights, and reburial/repatriation rights, Echo-Hawk worked as a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund for more than 35 years. He…

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Jim Enote

Jim Enote – Zuni farmer and interrupted artist – has explored to a large degree such varied subjects as cultural pattern languages, Zuni architecture as fluxus art, Japanese art after 1945, and, since 1999, creating map art. Born in Zuni, New Mexico, Enote considers his career an odyssey of hitchhiking, watermelon picking, writing, and advocacy…

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David Treuer

The Center is proud to welcome David Treuer as the sixth guest in our Modern Indian Identity series. This series features contemporary Indian speakers telling their stories in ways that shatter misconceptions on what it means to be a “Real Indian.” Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is…

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Gerard Baker

Gerard A. Baker, Ph.D., is the Superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. He has been with the federal government for 27 years; 24 years with the National Park Service and 3 years with the United States Forest Service. Dr. Baker is a full-blood member of the Mandan-Hidatsa Tribe of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Mandaree,…

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Robert Mirabal

Described as a Native American “Renaissance man” – musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman, and farmer – Robert Mirabal has traveled extensively and played his music all over the world. Mirabal is also an accomplished Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. His flutes are world renowned…

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Eva Marie Garroutte

My Father’s Stories: Remembering Oklahoma Eva Marie Garroutte is the author of Real Indians: Identity, Community, and the Survival of Native America. In this talk, Professor Garroutte blended her father’s stories of growing up in the Cherokee Nation of the 1930s with her own recent experiences as a tribal citizen working in the field of…

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Phil Deloria

Professor Phil Deloria taught at CU-Boulder for more than six years before joining the history faculty at the University of Michigan in 2001, and also earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from CU-Boulder. He is a Professor and Director of the Program in American Culture on the Michigan campus and has been instrumental in building…

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Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist who for many years was the author of “West by Northwest,” a twice-weekly column for The Seattle Times. Prior to his position at the Times, he served as editor and publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and as the Executive News Editor of The Salt Lake Tribune. Trahant…

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