BOZEMAN — Oren Lyons, a world-renowned indigenous rights advocate, environmental activist and scholar, will present a lecture, "Indigenous Views of Health," at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies on Thursday, April 13.
The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the museum, with the lecture to follow beginning at 7 p.m. in the museum's Hager Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lyons’ visit is sponsored by the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) at MSU and MSU's Department of Native American Studies. It will precede the 42nd Annual American Indian Council Powwow, which begins Friday, April 14.
"This is an amazing opportunity for our community and visiting guests of the powwow to hear a highly respected authority on indigenous rights issues," said Alex Adams, director of CAIRHE. "Oren Lyons has addressed the United Nations and activists and policymakers across the globe, and we're fortunate to hear his wisdom at a time when our state and nation continue to face serious challenges in Native health."
Lyons, 87, is a member of the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy. As a Faithkeeper, he upholds the history and traditions of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga. He also works with communities around the world as an activist for indigenous and environmental justice, often addressing modern-day conflicts by sharing traditional views on the law of nature.
For more information, contact Maya Bronston of CAIRHE at (406) 994-2177.
Contact: Maya Bronston, CAIRHE, (406) 994-2177