September 14, 2011 12:00AM
Ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs may hold the keys to saving Planet Earth, according to Daniel R. Wildcat, author of "Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge."
Wildcat will present a program on "Diversity: An issue of Life Enhancement for the Planet," at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in 109 Grubbs Hall on the Pittsburg State University campus. His visit is sponsored by the PSU Tilford Group and the Campus Activities Center and is free and open to the public.
A Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, Wildcat is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center and acting dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
Wildcat has been an invited speaker at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Harvard Medical School and the University of Kansas Medical School and frequently speaks to community groups on cultural diversity.
In 1996, Wildcat helped plan and organize an American Indian educational program to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, during which he moderated a live nationally broadcast dialogue between traditional American Indian elders and American Indian scientists and engineers about the way humans must live if they are to ensure a healthy planet for future generations.
In 2008, Wildcat helped organize the Planning for Seven Generations climate change conference sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He also co-chaired, with Winona La Duke, the national Native Peoples-Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop in 2009.
Wildcat's books include "Power and Place: Indian Education In America," which he wrote with Vine Deloria, Jr.; and "Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria's Legacy on Intellectual America," which he wrote with Steve Pavlik.