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Indigenous Leaders from Russia Visit Meskwaki Nation

On Thursday, February 21 Meskwaki Nation welcomed a group of visitors who were part of the “Arctic-FROST: Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North” project at the University of Northern Iowa. The group toured the Meskwaki Cultural Center and Museum and heard from Historical Preservation Director Johnathon Buffalo about some of the Tribe’s history. The visit was part of a two-day workshop in Cedar Falls titled “Indigenous Self-Governance and Sustainable Development Goals in the Artic”. The group consisted of Indigenous leaders and elders from Russia who have been at the forefront of the Indigenous movement both at the national and international level. Also in attendance were early career Indigenous scholars from Russia and several representatives of the US NGOs. Welcoming the Arctic-FROST delegation were members of the Meskwaki Tribal Council, Executive Management, and the Historical Preservation Department.

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