Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 pm
Annual Elizabeth Watts and Howard C. Petersen Lecture
Lacrosse: Play on, Iroquois Nationals!
Oren Lyons, Jr., world renowned Native American peace activist, Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team, and Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, speaks about the spiritual origins of lacrosse, and his international peacekeeping and environmental efforts around the globe. Lecture admission: Pay-what-you-want. Native American Voices: The People--Here and Now remains open until 8:00 pm.
More about Oren Lyons:
Lyons attended Syracuse University, where he was awarded the Orange Key for his athletic and academic accomplishments. He graduated with a degree in fine arts, and became a successful commercial artist. He accepted a teaching position with the University of Buffalo and was named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Professor Emeritus of American Indian Studies.
In 1977, Lyons was a founding member of the Traditional Circle of Elders and Youth. This council of respected Indian leaders meets annually to provide an avenue for Native American culture to inform and contribute to contemporary cultural and political debate. In 1982, he helped establish the Working Group on Indigenous Populations at the United Nations. He is the recipient of the United Nations NGO World Peace Prize. In 1992, he addressed the General Assembly, where he opened the International Year of the World's Indigenous People.
He serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, is a frequent participant in human rights issues in Geneva, and recently received Sweden's prestigious Friends of the Children Award along with his colleague, Nelson Mandela. Among his other honors are the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the National Audubon Award, the Earth Day International United Nations Award, and the Elder and Wiser Award of the Rosa Parks Institute of Human Rights.
He is the author of several books, including Exiled in the Land of the Free co-authored with John Mohawk, and has illustrated several children's books.
(Biographical details drawn from the Syracuse University website)
Native American Voices public programming is generously underwritten by Delaware Investments/Macquarie Group Foundation.