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2009 Southeastern Native American Education Summit call for abstracts

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 02, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

2009 Southeastern Native American Education Summit
From Past to Future: Contemporary Issues in Context
Call for Abstracts

Conference Date:
November 20-21, 2009
Carroll Knicely Conference Center, Bowling Green

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, July 31
Send abstracts via e-mail to:

About the Summit:
The goal of this first-time Native American educational conference is to address Native American issues throughout the southeastern U.S., and specifically to make Kentucky residents and others aware of the state’s Native American history as well as current issues Native Americans face in the Commonwealth.

The summit is presented by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission in partnership with the Western Kentucky University Office of Diversity Programs, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and other agencies including the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, and American Indian Mothers, based in Shannon, North Carolina.

The Southeastern Native American Education Summit is designed for tribal and non-tribal members including university administrators, faculty and staff, and research and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resources staff; and all others wanting to empower greater diversity and cultural understanding within their communities and workplaces.

Abstracts for proposed presentations during the 2009 conference are being accepted on best practices, curriculum models, research, training, and success stories for implementing diversity initiatives in any of the following thematic areas:

  • Kentucky’s Native American history
  • Children’s literature: A critical look
  • Federal and state policies and funding
  • Native American art and craft law
  • Artifact sales and grave desecration
  • Education and interpretation at state parks and museums
  • Traditions, myths and stereotypes
  • Health

For questions or more information:
Ricardo Nazario-Colón
Western Kentucky University, Office of Diversity Programs
1906 College Heights Blvd. #21025
Bowling Green, KY  42101-1025
Phone: 270-745-5066
Fax: 270-745-5273

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Under the auspices of the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office, the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission was established to recognize and promote Native American contributions and influence in Kentucky history and culture.  The commission has 17 members, eight of whom are required to be of Native American heritage, and includes representatives from institutions of higher learning, archaeology, Native American arts and the public.

An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 7/2/2009