IFRT Programs at the 2006 ALA Annual Conference

New Orleans, LA

Sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round TableAmerican Indian Library Association, and the  Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) Subcommittee on Library Services to American Indians, Saturday, June 24, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

The historic and contemporary experiences of America's indigenous peoples have been excluded from mainstream American scholarship and culture. A self-perpetuating cycle of bias has dismissed Native viewpoints, perpetuated stereotypes, and diminished their part in America's history and heritage. This program will look at ways in which libraries and librarians can preserve and promote access to Native perspectives.

Speakers: Arlene Naquin,  Pointe-au-Chien Tribe, Council of Elders, Terrebonne Parish, LA;  Richie Plass, musician/poet/traditional dancer/activist, Menominee Stockbridge/Munsee Tribe,  Oneida Indian Reservation, WI; Christine Rose, Executive Director, Students and Teachers Against Racism (STAR) and  Changing Winds Seminars, Fairfield, CT;  Rennard Strickland, Osage/Cherokee heritage, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law,  University of Oregon Law School, Eugene, OR.

Panelists:  Naomi Caldwell, enrolled member,  Ramapough Lenape Nation, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,  University of Rhode Island; Carlene Engstrom,  Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, Director,  D'Arcy McNickle LibrarySalish Kootenai CollegeFlathead Indian Reservation, MT;  Richenda Wilkinson, Multicultural Librarian,  Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR; Maria Escalante, Director of Library Services,  College of the Menominee Nation, Keshena, WI.