Flagstaff, Ariz. - Academic scholars, tribal leaders and practitioners involved with issues of concern to the indigenous communities converged on the Northern Arizona University campus. “The Second Annual Modern Native America: Thoughts from the Past and Paths toward the Future” conference was hosted by NAU’s Applied Indigenous Studies Department.
Participants at the conference discussed many subjects, including a First Nations Perspective on education, retention of freshmen on tribal scholarships, American Indian economic development and many other important topics. The discussions focused around environment, economics, communities, policies and education.
The goal of the conference was to share research and practices that can be or are being used to improve indigenous communities.
Presenters discussed programs and practices in relation to the goal of self-sufficient and self-determined indigenous communities. Universities represented included the University of Cambridge, University of South Australia, Northern Arizona University, University of Saskatchewan, University of Minnesota, Haskell Indian Nations University, University of Kansas, and in addition, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.