Including Our Neighbors in the Land Grant Mission: Collaboration in and with Native Communities from STEM to Ag

Panel Discussion

Monday, 26 Mar 2018 at 4:00 pm – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

Join a discussion exploring the benefits, possibilities, and potential for Iowa State to engage strategically with its Native neighbors in research and collaboration.

Jason Younker is assistant vice president and advisor to the president on sovereignty and government-to-government relations at the University of Oregon and a member of the Coquille Nation. He is the University of Oregon’s first formal governmental liaison to the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon and dedicated to building academic, economic, social, and cultural collaborations.
Jeffrey Burnette is assistant professor of economics and director of the Native American Future Stewards Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he works to maintain and build the relationship between RIT and the American Indian community.
Richard Meyers is president of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists and a faculty member at Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota. He earned his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Arizona State University.

Part of the American Indian Symposium
Jason Younker was previously an associate professor and chair of the department of sociology and anthropology at Rochester Institute of Technology. He served as RIT’s liaison to the native nations of New York and southern Canada. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Oregon in 2003. During his studies, he was a leader in the Southwest Oregon Research Project at the Smithsonian Institution and in the subsequent Potlatches (traditional native gifting) that returned documents relating to their cultural heritage to the nine federally recognized tribes and the historic 54 bands and tribes that occupied the land that is now known as the state of Oregon. Younker has also served as the president of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists.

Jeffrey Burnette is the oldest son of an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation. He teaches courses focused on the economics of Native America, Native Americans in film as well as the economics of women and the family within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at RIT. His current research examines the role education, location and occupational segregation play in explaining the differences in economic outcomes that currently exist for the American Indian population. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005.

Richard Meyer is an Oglala Lakota residing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His research and scholarship is interdisciplinary, with a focus on identity articulations through the lens of sociolinguistics. Meyer earned an MA and PhD at Arizona State University. He also holds an MA from the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College.

Additional Events in the American Indian Symposium

Tuesday, March 27

2:00-3:00pm, Pearson 3112 - Question & Answer Session
Research with Tribal Communities: A How-To for Administrators, Researchers, and Faculty

3:30pm, Lagomarcino 2660 – Roundtable Discussion
Including Native Communities in the Iowa K-12 Curriculum. What Should Be Taught & How?

Cosponsored By:
  • American Indian Studies Program
  • Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost
  • Office of the Vice President for Research
  • State 4-H Youth Development Program

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