NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS
The 2021 WVU Native American Studies PEACE TREE CEREMONY is set for Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 1:00-2:15pm, with guest of honor, MERVYN L. TANO, president of the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management. He has worked with American Indian tribes and organizations for 40+ years and is adjunct faculty at Haskell Indian Nations University. As always, the ceremony is free and open to the public -- all are welcome. This year's theme is "WE ARE ALL CONNECTED." Registration is required to join the virtual Peace Tree audience and/or request on-site seating (which is limited): https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3laQ0gkcQdGxt6S
Mr. Tano will also deliver a 3-part virtual lecture series in November, commemorating Native American Heritage Month:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 11:30am-12:45pm
Dealing with Climate Change: Everything is Connected, Tribal Approaches to Adaptation
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 4:00-5:15pm
Reclaiming Our Spaces: Indigenizing the Museum of the Future
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 3:00-4:15pm
Boundary Organizations: Universities, Indigenous Organizations, & Native Scientists as Nation Builders
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More information on these topics can be found here.
ABOUT the 2021 WVU PEACE TREE GUEST of HONOR
Mervyn L. Tano is an attorney and for the past 25 years, President of the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, a law and policy research institution.
Mr. Tano has worked with Indian tribes and organizations for over 40 years with stints as the director of planning and budget at the Administration for Native Americans and as general counsel and director of environmental programs at the Council of Energy Resource Tribes.
He is adjunct faculty at the Haskell Indian Nations University.
He was a member of several national advisory boards including EPA’s Federal Facilities Environmental Restoration Dialogue Committee, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, DOE Office of Science and Technology’s Community Leaders Network, and several committees of the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Research Council.
Mr. Tano has written and taught extensively on indigenous peoples’ law and policy issues related to climate, risk, cultural resources, heritage management, environmental justice, food and agriculture, and science and technology policy.
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL PEACE TREE... (WVU's Peace Tree Tradition began 29 years ago)
According to Haudenosaunee oral tradition, the creator sent the Peacemaker to unite the warring Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk nations by planting the original white pine Tree of Peace at Onondaga an estimated 1,000 years ago. The tree symbolizes the formation of the original Haudenosaunee Five Nations (Iroquois) Confederacy (later Six Nations, with the addition of the Tuscarora).
“Every year, the WVU Peace Tree ceremony offers the community a time to reflect on the lessons of the Peacemaker, highlighting the importance of unity and considering that we are stronger together,” said Bonnie Brown, coordinator of the Native American Studies Program. “The sovereign nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy demonstrate that it’s possible to coexist with mutual respect and inclusive dialogue.”
NOTE: The above photo is from the Nov. 7, 2020 Peace Tree Ceremony; due to the pandemic, a small, private event was held and a garland of nearly 500 tobacco ties was placed on the tree, memorializing the lives lost due to Covid-19 at that point in time.