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Time: 11- 11:45 AM

Session Title: “Behavioral Health Practices in Native America: Finding Balance”

Presenter: Jason Butler (Ute)

Description: This presentation will explore how the uniqueness of Native American communities play a role in how to develop and implement effective behavioral health services and care. The impact of historical trauma, the difficulty to adapt to modern society, and the polarity in cultural ideology creates a sense of distrust for modern evidence-based practices and methods of treatment. However, creating awareness of these differences and seeking to find balance within delivery of behavioral health practices can lead to successful treatment and outcomes.


Time: 1:30 - 2:15 PM

Session Title: “Mind like the sky: Balancing our lives with mindfulness” 

Presenters: Dr. Paula Seikel & Dr. Tony Siekel, Idaho State University

Description: Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and yoga, have been developed and practiced for thousands of years as ways to calm the mind and body, bringing us into balance. In this presentation, we will get a glimpse of some of these practices, how they are currently used in healthcare, and how people can balance their own wisdom with mindful practices.

Available via Zoom.

Time: 2:30- 3:15 PM

Session Title: “Toward better collaborative healthcare: Improving communications between healthcare professionals and Indigenous peoples” 

Presenters: Corwin Sutherin, Portneuf Medical Center; and panelists

Description: This session includes a dynamic panel of healthcare professionals associated with Portneuf Medical Center, Tribal Health, and Indian Health Services. Audience members are encouraged to attend with their ideas and questions for how to improve communication and services for Indigenous peoples. 

Available via Zoom.

Time: 3:30 - 4:15 PM

Session Title: “Medical Pluralism: Sobadores, Energy Healing, Bioenergy; Shamanism”

Presenter: Thelma Lopez Barajas

Description: The presentation offers a description of medical pluralism and various cultural modalities such as: "Sobadora" services- Mexican healing modality; Reiki - Japanese Healing modality; Biomagnetism/Bioenergy -A Mexican healing modality; and Shamanism has roots in a number of cultures. Attendees will be invited to participate in a healing circle and interactive activities.

Available via Zoom.

Time: 11-11:45 AM

Session Title: "Tribal Waters" - YouTube Video Screening

Format: YouTube Video Screening

Description: "The Wind River runs deep for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes. They pray alongside the river. They pray for the river. They pray with the river. But what happens when your river is hijacked by a ruthless system that would stop at nothing to control the resource? Tribal Waters, a documentary by Teton Gravity Research Film in association with Patagonia, traces the Wind River as it winds through a history of stolen ancestral lands, insatiable agricultural demands and the American justice system in the hopes of a future built on a sustainable, outdoor-based recreational economy."

The video link will be sent to online participants.

Time: 1:30-2:15 PM

Session Title: “Grassroots to Governance”

Presenters: Wesley Martel (Eastern Shoshone), Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Available via Zoom.


Time: 2:30-3:15 PM

Session Title:  “Salmon Hunting & Cultural Subsistence” 

Presenters: Nathan Small (Shoshone-Bannock) and Tom Wadsworth (Shoshone-Bannock)

Description: Former Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Chairman Nathan Small and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fish & Game Captain Tom Wadsworth will talk about the importance of Salmon and cultural subsistence to the Shoshone-Bannock and the connections to the health and wellbeing of the environment. 


Time: 3:30-4:15 PM

Title: “Resilience, Promoting Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change” 
Presenter: Daniel Stone (Shoshone-Bannock), Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation  

Description:  Indigenous communities are currently dealing with the impacts from a changing climate and the fallout from poor planning in advance of contemporary climatic effects, as well as attempting to plan for the worst effects anticipated in the mid-century.  The process of adaptive climate planning for Tribal communities is essential to build resilience into the foundational aspects of culture, resource management, health, and education.

Available via Zoom.


Time: 11-11:45 AM

Session Title:  "Carrying the Message:” Creating Awareness of MMIP

Presenters: Willeena George (Shoshone-Bannock) and Paul Frank (Yakama), Carrying the Message Group

Description: The Carrying the Message group of Fort Hall, ID will present on the topic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) to bring greater awareness to the topic and how it is related to health and wellbeing.

Available via Zoom.

Time: 1:30-2:15 PM

Session Title: “An Indigenous Perspective on the Evolution of the Traditional Practice of Art: Using new methods to carry traditions and stories for future generations”

Presenter: Paula TopSky Houtz (Shoshone-Bannock), WhiteKnife Designs

Description: Forthcoming.

Time: 2:30-3:15 PM

Session Title: “Being Indigenous Together: Practicing our Cultural Ways” 

Presenters: Russell Haskett (Shoshone-Bannock) and Bobette Haskett (Shoshone-Bannock)

Description: Married for 31 years, Russell and Bobette Haskett will present how they practice their culture, hunting, and gathering together and with their family. 

Time: 3:30-4:15 PM

Session Title: "Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Practices for Wellness."

Presenter: Nolan Brown, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Language and Culture Preservation Department

Description:  In 2018-2022, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes participated in a CDC grant program entitled Tribal Practices for Wellness In Indian Country. Over the four years, the Language and Culture Preservation Department applied Shoshone and Bannock language and cultural knowledge and practices in a range of activities to increase wellness in the Fort Hall community. This presentation will share how the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes benefitted from the opportunity and how the LCPD  continues emphasizing Shoshone and Bannock practices for wellness and strengthening relationships with collaborators.


Time: 11:00 -11:45 AM

Session Title: “Unveiling Tokenism: The Flip Side of Exclusion” 

Presenter: Dr. Sheldon Eakins, Founder of the Leading Equity Center

Description: In today's pursuit of developing a sense of belonging in schools, it is crucial to recognize the dangerous pitfalls that lie on the path. In this eye-opening session, Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins delves into the topic of the opposite of exclusion: tokenism.

Tokenism, often masked as inclusion, creates the illusion of representation while perpetuating systemic barriers. Through insightful research and real-world examples, this session will unravel the complexities of tokenism and its detrimental impact on Indigenous students. Creating a truly inclusive environment requires examining our practices and policies while actively embracing and empowering the diverse identities within our communities. 

Time: 1:30 - 2:15 PM

Session Title: Campus Climate Health and Wellbeing Track A Discussion with ISU’s Tribal University Advisory Board"

Presenters: ISU TUAB Members

Description: Participants will get to meet ISU's TUAB and to learn about what they do and how they support Tribal-uUniversity partnerships and Native students.

Available via Zoom.

Time: 2:30 - 3:15 PM

Session Title: “Data Sovereignty, and Research”

Presenters: Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Sunny Stone

Description: Understanding the process for health research in Tribal communities can be difficult. Researchers don’t often recognize past research harms and trauma, how to work within Tribal communities, data sovereignty, and processes for approval. How do researchers work with Tribal communities in a way that is relevant, respectful, culturally appropriate, and mutually beneficial to rebuild trust?

Available via Zoom.

Time: 3:30 - 4:15 PM

Session Title: Idaho Community-engaged Resilience for Energy-Water Systems (I-CREWS) and the Tribal Nation Research Network 

Presenters: Dr. Sammy Matsaw (Shoshone-Bannock), Fort Hall Business Council; Dr. Kitty Griswold, Idaho State University; Dr. Colden Baxter, Idaho State University

Description: Participants will learn about the latest Idaho EPSCoR award, and specifically about opportunities for connecting Indigenous Nations and university campuses through research. 

Available via Zoom.

For information on the Western Literature Association's 2023 conference, please visit: https://www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2023/

Date: Wednesday, October 11
Time: Noon - 1pm
Location: ISU Rendezvous ABC Suites

Title:  "MS. CHIEF: The Missing History of Indigenous Women as Leaders."

Presenter: Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock)

Mark Trahant is editor-at-large for Indian Country Today. Trahant also leads the Indigenous Economics Project, a comprehensive look at Indigenous economics, including the economic impact of climate change. Trahant was hired to revive ICT after it went out of business in 2017. The success has been phenomenal. The digital site now reaches 700,000 people a month and the broadcast is carried on two dozen public television stations. Trahant is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has held endowed chairs at the University of North Dakota and University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Date: Thursday, October 12
Time: Noon - 1pm
Location: ISU Rendezvous ABC Suites

Title:  "Osh/Nish/Gishtigwaan Biitawaanakwad, 'His/her/my/your Head Between the Clouds' in Global Indigenous Futurisms/Speculative Climate Fictions"

Presenter: Grace Dillon (Anishinaabe)
Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe) is a Professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Department at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of interests including Native American and Indigenous studies, Studies in Indigenous Futurisms, science fiction, Indigenous cinema, popular culture, race and social justice, and early modern literature.   She is the editor of Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (University of Arizona Press, 2012) and Hive of Dreams: Contemporary Science Fiction from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press, 2003).  Her work appears in diverse journals including Science Fiction StudiesFoundation: The International Review of Science Fiction; ExtrapolationThe Journal of the Fantastic in the ArtsThe Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television; The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television; and Renaissance Papers. Her co-edited volume The Routledge Companion to Co-Futurisms will be published in August 2023. She is the Founder, Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Annual SF Writing Contest, now in its 14th year. She received the Science Fiction Research Association Clareson Award for service to the field. Her various service activities include Editorial Board, Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL); Editorial Consultant, Science Fiction Studies; Indigenous Studies Steering Committee, Wilfrid Laurier University Press; Editorial Advisory Board, Palgrave Studies in Global Science Fiction; Editorial Board, Palgrave Science Fiction & Fantasy: A New Canon; Editorial Board, Journal of the Posthuman; Editorial Board, The New Ray Bradbury ReviewMember, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts BIPOC Committee; Advisory Board, International Space Station Ethno-ISS.

Date: Friday, October 13
Time: Noon - 1pm
Location: ISU Rendezvous ABC Suites

Title:  "This Is The Way: A Journey Into Indigenous Representation in Comics and Media"

Presenter: Michael Sheyashshe (Caddo Nation)
Representation in Comics and Media"Michael Sheyahshe, an enrolled tribal member of the Caddo Nation, is the author of Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study, and the founder of alterNative Media ("aNm"), a Native American / Indigenous -owned consultancy providing state-of-the-art technological, cultural, and artistic expertise to clients at the local, regional, and global levels. Michael holds two Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from the University of Oklahoma in Film and Native American Studies, both cum laude, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in 3D Modeling from the Academy of Art University.
Michael’s original comic book character, Dark Owl, is featured in INC’s Universe #0 and has created comic book illustrations in various online and museum displays for the Smithsonian Institution's NMAI. Michael has been prominently featured in AH Comics’ MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comic Collection, volumes 1, 2, and 3 authoring volume introductions and contributing script writer. For volume 3, Michael served as co-editor along with Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D., (Anishinaabe, Métis, and settler-Irish). He has created graphic novels as part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials, which provide age-appropriate resources to support children and youth during their involvement with the justice system as a victim or witness to a crime. Michael has also served as Cultural Consultant for Darkhorse Comics.