September 10, 2012



'Red Alert' author presents first UFM Lou Douglas Lecture

By Olivia P. Collins

Dan Wildcat Photo

Dan Wildcat, author of "Red Alert!: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge," is the first fall 2012 Lou Douglas Lectures speaker. Sponsored by UFM Community Learning Center, it takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

Wildcat's recent activities have revolved around forming the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group: a tribal college-centered network of individuals and organizations working on climate change issues.

In 2008, he helped organize the Planning for Seven Generations climate change conference sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Wildcat also co-chaired with Winona La Duke the national Native Peoples-Native Homelands climate change workshop at the Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino in 2009. More recently he co-chaired The Rights of Mother Earth symposium with Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network at Haskell Indian Nations University in April.

Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. He is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies center and dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the University of Kansas and an interdisciplinary doctorate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has taught at Haskell for 25 years.