September 10, 2020 – A Sense of Place: Indigenous Perspectives on Earth and Sky – Featuring Dr. Gregory Cajete

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August 20, 2020 – A Sense of Place: Indigenous Perspectives on Earth and Sky – Featuring Dr. Robin Kimmerer

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June 18, 2020 – A Sense of Place: Indigenous Perspectives on Earth and Sky – Featuring Ka’iu Kimura

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May 28, 2020 – A Sense of Place: Indigenous Perspectives on Earth and Sky – Featuring Dr. Leroy Little Bear

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February, 2020 – Washington DC

IEI visited Washington DC with administration and staff from the Museum at Warm Springs and the High Desert Museum. We visited numerous museums and visited with National Science Foundation personnel. We toured the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI) in DC, and visited the extensive collections of NMAI in Suitland, MD. The focus of our visit was Pacific Northwest tribal collections. Highlights of our visit were several visits to the African American Museum and the Holocaust Museum.

January, 2020 – American Astronomy Society (AAS) Annual Meeting

IEI continues to present at the AAS Annual Meeting, this time in Honolulu. There is a growing diversity presence in AAS, reflecting its growing membership.

October, 2019 – Association of Tribal Archive, Libraries, and Museums(ATALM) Annual Meeting

IEI attended the Annual Meeting at the Pechanga Casino in Temulcula, CA and gave a presentation on Weaving Stories, a collaboration between The Museum at Warm Springs, OR and the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR. Other IMLS funded projects that we have presented at ATALM meetings include a partnership with the Akwesasne (Mohawk) Community and the Wild Center, in upstate NY.

July, 2019 – NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC)

IEI met with many universities and other institutions, in scheduled Face to Face meetings at NASA. We are now on our fifth year of a partnership that includes working with remote Navajo elementary and middle schools. Currently the Little Singer Community School is making face shields with their Makerspace 3 D printers, to be distributed widely on the Navajo Nation.

July, 2019 – Mongolia

We must admit that our almost three-week trip to Mongolia was the highlight of 2019. We were hosted by traditional herders and visited Northern Mongolia and the Gobi Desert of the south. We were part of a cross-cultural exchange that had supported several visits back and forth among Navajos and Mongolians. A focus was on environmental concerns, especially on the impacts of mining on Mongolian land and waters. We stayed in traditional yurts (girs) and ate traditional food, and learned about Mongolian history, culture and star knowledge, from herders, at remote locations, under the stars. We compared Navajo and Mongolian languages and found some similarities. We were warmly welcomed as little brother and little sister by traditional Mongolians, through their centuries old beliefs that Navajos are related to Mongolians, which has been proven out by DNA.

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