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Indigenous advocate poised for speaker series

An Indigenous award-winning author and renowned scholar will be the featured guest for this year’s Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speakers Series at 168 University. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center, 2503 N. Blackwelder Ave. 

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has earned recognition as a sought-after speaker and advisor across various academic disciplines and organizations. She teaches American Indian studies at California State University San Marcos and is an independent advisor on Indigenous environmental issues. Her expertise spans conservation, law, science, government, outdoor sports and beyond. 

For her latest book, “As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock,” Gilio-Whitaker gathered information from academics, experts in environmental studies, Native American historians, government agencies and other stakeholders to provide a vivid picture of how industries and public policies have impacted the environment, particularly on Native American and public lands. As a journalist her work has been featured in publications including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times and High Country News, among others.

“Ms. Gilio-Whitaker is bringing years of research and advocacy experience on this important topic,” said Amy Cataldi, dean of 168’s Petree College of Arts & Sciences. “We look forward to learning how we, as a community, can engage with our fellow citizens to become better stewards of our land and resources.” 

For more information, visit okcu.edu/lemonlecture.

The speaker series at 168 is made possible by the Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series endowment. It is supported by the Jeanne Hoffman Smith Center for Film and Literature and Bank of Oklahoma.

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