Co-sponsored by the
School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe
William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University
symposium was offered in two venues: the first was September 28-29, 2007 at the School for
Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico and and the second was April 12, 2008 at Southern Methodist
University in Dallas, Texas.
The symposium and the resulting book of essays will provide an historical context for energy development on Native American lands and put forth ideas that may guide future public policy formation. Collectively, the presentations will make the case that the American Southwest is particularly well-suited for exploring how people have transformed the region's resources into fuel supplies for human consumption. Not only do Native Americans possess a large percentage of the region's total acreage, but on their lands reside much of the nation's oil, coal, and uranium resources. Regional weather patterns have also enabled native people to take advantage of solar and wind power as effective sources of energy. Although presentations will document histories of resource extraction and energy development as episodes of exploitation, paternalism, and dependency, others will show how energy development in particular has enabled many Indians to break from these patterns and facilitated their social, economic, and political empowerment. Ultimately SAR Press will publish the papers as an edited volume.
Click here to view the day's program.
Secondary teachers and community college professors may earn up to seven CEU hours of continuing education credit for attendance. Certificate will be received at the end of the last session.
Sherry L. Smith, Southern Methodist University &
Associate Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and Brian Frehner, Oklahoma State University and former Clements Center Fellow, co-editors.
Steven Denson, Director of Diversity and Adjunct Professor, Cox School of
Business, Southern Methodist University.
l Understanding the Earth and the Demands on Energy Tribes. Donald Fixico, Arizona State University.
l Oil, Indians, and Angie Debo: Politics, History, and Energy Development of Native American Lands. Brian Frehner, Oklahoma State University and former Clements Center Fellow.
l 'A Piece of the Action’: Navajo Leadership, Energy Development, and Decolonization. Andrew Needham, New York University and former Clements Center Fellow.
l Power to the Indians: The Production and Use of Electricity on Arizona’s Reservations. Leah Glaser, Central Connecticut State University.
l Indigenous Peoples, Large Dams, and Capital Intensive Energy Development: A View from the Lower Colorado and Lower Snake Rivers. Benedict J. Colombi, American Indian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Arizona.
l The Evolution of Federal Energy Policy for Tribal Lands. Garrit Voggesser, Manager of Tribal Lands Conservation Program, National Wildlife Federation.
l Landscapes of Power: Environmental Activism and Renewable Energy in Indian Country . Dana Powell, Ph.D. Candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Dailan J. Long, Community Organizer, Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment.
l Jobs and Sovereignty: American Indian Workers and Industrial Development in the Twentieth Century. Colleen O’Neill, Utah State University and former Clements Center Fellow.
l Reflections/Commentary. Rebecca Tsosie, Arizona State University.
Symposium organizers are:
Sherry Smith, Professor of History, Southern Methodist University and Associate Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Brian Frehner, Assistant Professor of History, Oklahoma State University and former Clements Center Fellow.
James F. Brooks, Director of the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe
Co-sponsored by the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.
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Last updated February 26, 2008.