President Clinton to Address
the American Indian Sustainability Conference
at Maharishi University via Video Message
Tribal leaders will collaborate with University faculty to bring
meditation, organic agriculture, renewable energy to Indian Country
President Bill Clinton will deliver the opening address via a special videotaped message to leaders of Indian Country who will be participating in the American Indian Sustainability Conference, which will be held September 25 to 27 at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
The leaders are assembling to explore how modern organic agriculture and renewable energy technologies combined with traditional meditation techniques and natural medicine practices can be used to build healthy, sustainable American Indian communities.
Special guest speakers include Joe A. Garcia, President of the National Congress of the American Indian; Robert Cook, President of the National Indian Education Association; Lucille Ecohawk, strategic planner for the Casey Family Programs; and Katherine Campbell education specialist with the Bureau of Indian Education.
The speakers will hold a news conference on Friday, September 25, 11 am (CDT), at Maharishi University of Management, Dalby Hall, in Fairfield, Iowa. The news conference will also be broadcast live on the Internet at http://www.AmericanIndianSustainableConference.org.
A key feature of the weekend event, according to Prosper Waukon, a hereditary leader – Thunderbird Clan, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, is a five-point plan for sustainability, developed by the Hocak Elders Council, Inc., of the Winnebago Reservation. The plan includes the scientific knowledge and techniques to:
• Dramatically improve academic performance and reduce the stress and violence that permeate impoverished Indian communities
• Prevent and reverse diabetes, which strikes 80 percent of Native Peoples, through a comprehensive program for stress reduction, healthy diet, and lifestyle changes
• Generate clean energy and economic self-sufficiency for American Indians by harnessing Nature’s wind and solar resources
• Provide healthy, nutritious food and economic self-sufficiency for American Indians through the establishment of organic agricultural greenhouses
• Safeguard the precious land, language, and culture of American Indian tribal communities, which are the foundation for systemic change
For information and registration: www.AmericanIndianSustainableConference.org.