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“...this conference came out of a desire to really address the research knowledge that tribes and tribal communities need right now. The pandemic has underscored the need to better understand tribal communities in forgotten places like the Southeast. We are the Indigenous people who remained in the Southeast. We should be at the forefront of shaping the research that is done about and for us."
Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, and American Indian Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke partnered to host this special event. The conference featured virtual interactive sessions designed to:
The best way to achieve these objectives is to hear from the people who are actively making change in their communities. Who better to help guide the content development, programming, and evaluation than those who are living and working in these communities? To assist in this effort, a local host committee was established. The members include:
This opportunity was made possible through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter: Build and Broaden: Enabling New Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Collaborations with Minority-Serving Institutions (BCS-2037256). Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Hiraldo see this partnership as a way for two minority-serving institutions that have experience with engaging Native communities to highlight an Indigenous population that often is forgotten in Native studies.
For more information please contact Danielle Hiraldo.