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Covering Native Americans in the 21st Century

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March 06, 2005

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Opening Reception and Dinner
Introductions and Seminar Overview
Keynote Address: Jacqueline Johnson
    •  Jacqueline Johnson, executive director, National Congress of American Indians
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    •  Dan Lewerenz, Cheyenne, Wyo. correspondent, The Associated Press
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    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism

March 07, 2005

9:30 am - 11:30 am
THE PEOPLE: Preserving Culture and Language – and the History of Native America
    •  Emil Her Many Horses, associate curator, Cultural Recourses, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
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    •  Marty Kreipe de Montano, manager of the Resources Center, National Museum of the American Indian
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    •  Helen Maynor Scheirbeck, assistant director, Public Programs, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
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12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum Tour – Edwin Schupman, coordinator, cultural interpreter program, National Museum of the American Indian

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
THE ISSUES: What Does the Future Hold?
    •  John McCain, U.S. Senator
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4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
THE ISSUES: Understanding Indian Sovereignty – the Historic Foundation and Contemporary Implications
    •  Patricia Zell, recently Democratic staff director and chief counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
THE PEOPLE: The Question of Identity and Tribal Recognition
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    •  Kenneth Adams, Chief of the Upper Mattaponni
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    •  Christina L. Azocar, director, Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism
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    •  R. Lee Flemming, director, Office of Federal Acknowledgment, US Department of the Interior
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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Reception and Dinner, The Oval Room

March 08, 2005

9:00 am - 10:30 am
THE JOURNALISM: The Media and the Indian – Stereotypes and Other Sins
Moderated by Victor Merina
    •  John M. Coward, associate professor and chair of the communication faculty, University of Tulsa
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Making Indians in the 19th-Century Press (99KB)
    •  Suzan Shown Harjo, poet, writer, lecturer, curator, policy advocate
    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism
    •  Mary Ann Weston, associate professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
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10:45 am - 12:15 pm
THE JOURNALISM: Covering Indian Country – the Well-Told and Untold Stories
Moderated by Dennis McAuliffe Jr.
    •  Brian Bull, assistant news director for Wisconsin Public Radio
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    •  Suzan Shown Harjo, poet, writer, lecturer, curator, policy advocate
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    •  Dennis McAuliffe, Jr., director, Reznet, University of Montana
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1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
THE ISSUES: Tribal Lands and Tribal Trusts
    •  Ross O. Swimmer, Special Trustee for American Indians
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3:45 pm - 6:00 pm
THE ISSUES: Introduction to Housing, Education
    •  Michael Minoru Fawn Liu, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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    •  Victoria Vasques, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, director, Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education
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March 09, 2005

9:00 am - 10:15 am
What's Ahead?
Break-out group discussions
    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Seminar group in transit to New Mexico

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Museum Tour: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Self-guided tour

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dinner and welcome at the Pueblo Harvest Café, IPCC
    •  Conroy Chino, Secretary for the Department of Labor, New Mexico
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    •  Ron Solimon, president and CEO, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
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    •  Patty Talahongva, independent journalist
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March 10, 2005

9:00 am - 10:30 am
THE ISSUES: The Education and Miseducation of Native Youth
    •  Melody L. McCoy, staff attorney, Native American Rights Fund
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Federal Law Principles of Tribal Sovereignty (50KB)
    •  Gilbert Sanchez, executive director, Laguna Department of Education
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10:45 am - 12:15 pm
THE ISSUES: Tribal Justice
    •  Melody L. McCoy, staff attorney, Native American Rights Fund
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    •  Pat Sekaquaptewa, director, Native Nations Law and Policy Center, University of California Los Angeles School of Law
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History, Jurisdiction, & Functions of Contemporary Tribal Courts (76 KB)
The Hopi Tribal Courts (5.35MB)
The Problems, Criticisms & Challenges of Tribal Courts (96KB)

1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Acoma Pueblo Sky City Guided Tour

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
THE ISSUES: Health Care in Indian Country
    •  Bill Thorne, Jr., CEO, Acoma-Coanconcito-Laguna Health Center

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
THE PEOPLE: Storytelling with Words and Images
    •  Lee Marmon, author

March 11, 2005

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
THE JOURNALISM – Tribal Journalists and the Challenges of Reporting News on the Rez
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    •  Tom Arviso Jr., publisher, The Navajo Times
    •  Duane Beyal, editor, Navajo Times
    •  Marley Shebala, reporter, Navajo Times

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
THE PEOPLE AND THE ISSUES: Touring the Navajo Reservation and Talking About the Local Issues
    •  Richard Kontz, executive director, Navajo Partnership for Housing
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    •  Joe Shirley, Jr., president, Navajo Nation
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3:45 pm - 6:30 pm
On-board debriefing: Seminar group in transit to Albuquerque
    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism

March 12, 2005

9:30 am - 11:30 am
THE JOURNALISM: Making Sense of What We’ve Seen and Heard
Break-out group discussions
    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism

11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Seminar group in transit to Palm Springs

March 13, 2005

8:30 am - 10:00 am
THE ISSUES: Economic Development and the Rez
Moderated by Steve Magagnini
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    •  Joely de la Torre, associate professor of public administration, California State University, San Bernardino
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    •  Eric Conrad Henson, director, Lexecon, Inc. and research fellow, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
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The State of American Indian Economic Development (282KB)
    •  Steve Magagnini, reporter, The Sacramento Bee
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    •  Anthony R. Pico, leader, Viejas Band
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10:00 am - 11:30 am
THE ISSUES: Indian Gaming and Sovereignty in the 21st Century
Moderated by Steve Magagnini
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    •  Steve Magagnini, reporter, The Sacramento Bee
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    •  Richard Milanovich, chairman, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
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    •  Anthony Miranda, directory, California Nations Indian Gaming Association
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    •  Ron Oden, mayor, Palm Springs
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    •  Anthony R. Pico, leader, Viejas Band
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11:45 am - 1:15 pm
THE JOURNALISM: Taking It Back to the Newsroom
    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism
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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
GRADUATION LUNCH

 

 

 
What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"I want to say I've been to three census trainings in under two years and this was by far the most interesting, most useful and the most fun... Thank you for this amazing opportunity. You step in where may news organizations fall short, and provide tools most reporters would not otherwise have access to. You do journalism and readers a great service! "
- Natalie Singer, Palm Springs Desert Sun
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