Indigenous scholar to speak
PABLO — The public is invited to a free speaking
engagement from renowned indigenous scholar from the University of New
Mexico, and a Tewa tribal member, Greg Cajete.
Cajete holds a
doctorate degree from the
International College – Los Angeles New Philosophy Program in Social
Science Education with an emphasis in Native American Studies.
Currently, he is the Director of Native American Studies and an
Associate Professor in the Division of Language, Literacy and Socio
cultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of New
Cajete designs culturally-responsive curricula
geared to the special needs and learning styles of Native American
students. These curricula are based upon Native American understanding
of the “nature of nature’ and uses this foundation to develop an
understanding of the science and artistic thought process as expressed
in indigenous perspectives of the natural world.
Cajete will be traveling to Salish Kootenai
College with the University of Montana Student to Academic
Professoriate for American Indians (SAPAI) project next week and will
speak on Monday, July 26 at 5 p.m. at the SKC Arlee Charlo Theatre.
The SAPAI program at the University of Montana is
funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the rates of
degree completion for American Indian graduate students in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It also aims to
increase the representation of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN)
scholars in STEM faculties at tribal colleges and universities.
SKC has been working with SAPAI students for the
past three years in an effort to connect UM graduate students with the
intention of guiding students into a teaching career at a tribal
college, according to Bill Swaney, SKC instructor. This is the second
year Professor Cajete will be speaking at SKC.
Cajete’s work is dedicated to honoring the
foundations of indigenous knowledge in education. He has served as a
New Mexico Humanities scholar in ethno botany of Northern New Mexico
and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission. In addition, he has
lectured at colleges and universities in the U.S. , Canada, Mexico, New
Zealand, England, Italy, Japan and Russia.
Cajete has also worked at the Institute of
American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 21 years. During his
service at IAIA, he served as Dean of the Center for Research and
Cultural Exchange, Chair of Native American Studies and Professor of
Professor Cajete has authored five books: “Look to
the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education,” “Ignite the Sparkle:
An Indigenous Science Education Curriculum Model,” “Spirit of the Game:
Indigenous Wellsprings,” “A People’s Ecology: Explorations in
Sustainable Living,” and “Native Science: Natural Laws of
For more information call Bill Swaney at (406)