Energy and Indians at SMUEnergy development on Native American lands is the focus of the 2007-08 Annual Public Symposium presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. The event is cosponsored by the School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience, Santa Fe, and takes place 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 12 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall.

Native American lands make up a large percentage of the Southwest’s total acreage, and on them are found much of the nation’s oil, coal, and uranium resources. In addition, regional weather patterns have enabled native people to take advantage of solar and wind power as effective sources of energy. Presentations will document histories of resource extraction and energy development as episodes of exploitation, paternalism, and dependency, as well as show how energy development has enabled many Indians to break from these patterns and empower themselves socially, economically and politically.

Secondary school teachers and community college professors may earn up to seven CEU hours of continuing education credit for attendance. Register online or contact the Center for Southwest Studies, 8-3684.