Conference Mission: A series of virtual events to advance research and education in indigenous knowledge and sustainability in the region.


Events are free and open to the public by registration - each event must be registered for separately.

Cultural Food Initiatives in the St. Louis Region

Representatives of diverse St. Louis cultural groups speak about their local foodways initiatives.    

Celebrate the universality of food!

Hosted By: MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN                      

Wednesday October 6, 7:00-8:30PM


Pari in Perpetuity: Peeling Back the Layers of Agricultural Policy in a Prayerful Way   

sponsored by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University in Saint Louis


Electa Hare-Redcorn, MSW (Pawnee)
Buder Center Alumna 2009; Ph.D. candidate, University of Arkansas

 Electa will share how Native women are changing policy in land stewardship by acknowledging and implementing just transitions in agricultural development.

Pari in Perpetuity: Peeling Back the Layers of Agricultural Policy in a Prayerful Way
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Format: Virtual - Zoom

Open Classroom Virtual Lecture

Registration required

Please visit the Buder Center's Web Page for more information!

Indigenous Models of Sustainability | The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center Conservation Forum                                     

sponsored by the Whitney R. Harris Center at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo


Each year, the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center organizes and co-sponsors the Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Academy of Science St. Louis. The forum provides an opportunity for interaction between conservation organizations and the general public. The forum hosts 3-4 speakers with a panel discussion following. This event is meant to promote learning, discussion, and new viewpoints. 

In October 2021, the Harris World Ecology Center joins with six other regional institutions to sponsor a virtual conference on Indigenous Knowledge & Sustainability.

2021 Harris Center Forum Speakers: Tiffanie Hardbarger, Ph.D., Robin Kimmerer, Ph.D., and Kyle Whyte, Ph.D.


Tiffanie Hardbarger, Ph.D. (Cherokee)
Assistant Professor, Cherokee and Indigenous Studies
Northeastern State University - Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Remembrance: The Roots of Relationship to the Land

In this talk, Dr. Harbarger will share the philosophical roots of the EuroAmerican relationship to land and "sustainability" ethic in the United States using historiography, and how it has shifted in modern times. Examples of specific indigenous models and concepts will be shared as a way to examine how such relationships are remembered from an indigenous viewpoint.

Dr. Hardbarger's Biography


Robin Kimmerer, Ph.D. (Citizen Potawatomi)
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Syracuse, New York

Restoration and Reciprocity: Renewing Relationships with the Land

Sustainability of indigenous cultural landscapes is based on the philosophy and practice of reciprocal relationships between land and people. Conservation of biodiversity remnants alone is insufficient for the urgency of the times. Among the most powerful acts of reciprocity we can undertake, is restoration, healing the damage we have inflicted on land and our more-than-human relatives. However, repairing ecosystem structure and function must be complemented by restoration of reciprocal relationship to land. Synergy between indigenous and scientific knowledges, can guide the process of healing both land and relationship, through biocultural approaches, leading to reciprocal restoration and justice for the land.

Dr. Robin Kimmerer's Biography


Kyle Whyte, Ph.D. (Citizen Potawatomi)
George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Sustainability is a Matter of Kinship

Kinship traditions of ethics are needed more than ever if there will be progress toward sustainability. They are systematic, and demonstrate how norms of consent, reciprocity, trust, and accountability are entwined with ecological understandings of climate change and biodiversity conservation. Kinship is especially important as sustainable solutions, including renewable energy, turn out to pose threats to Indigenous peoples and other groups globally.

Dr. Whyte's Biography

SAINT LOUIS ZOO, Living World Building                                                   

Thursday October 7, 7:00-9:00PM

In-Person and Zoom options - more details to come!


Native Foods, Native PeopleS, Native PollinatorS

sponsored by the Native American Studies Program, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
and the Center for Spirituality & Sustainability at SIUE




Ed Spevak, Ph.D.
Curator of Invertebrates, Saint Louis Zoo
Director, Center for Native Pollinator Conservation

Ed Spevak, Ph.D., of the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation will speak about the initiative Native Foods, Native Peoples, Native Pollinators. The initiative focuses on the intersection of wild and cultivated foods, cultural traditions and food sovereignty, the health of environments, and people and nature.

Dr. Spevak's Biography

Native Foods, Native Peoples, Native Pollinators
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Format: Virtual - Zoom
Free of charge, discussion follows.

Register Here for the Native Foods, Native Peoples, Native Pollinators Webinar

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Information: gfields@siue.edu


Indigenous Foods & Sustainability

sponsored by the Native American Studies Program, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

Native specialists speak on indigenous foods and sustainability in history, the present, and the future.

Venue: Center for Spirituality and Sustainability at SIUE

Registration required, more details to come!                             

Sunday October 10, time TBA.



Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Honoring Indigenous people of our region, nation, and the world.

Mon. October 11


Indigenous Peoples’ Day Vigil

Honoring Indigenous people of our region, nation, and the world.

Hosted By: WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, Buder Center for American Indian Studies

Wed. October 13, Time TBA


Sponsored by Missouri Botanical Garden, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Kathryn M. Buder American Indian Studies Center at Washington University in St. Louis, the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Native American Studies Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Center for Spirituality & Sustainability at SIUE, and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

More details to follow in the coming weeks.