Daniel R. Wildcat (Fall 2013)

Professor Daniel R. Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. He is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center and professor of Indigenous and American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Wildcat received B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from the University of Kansas and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has taught at Haskell for 27 years. Dr. Wildcat's recent activities have revolved around forming the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group, recently renamed the Indigenous Peoples' 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. Dr. Wildcat also co-chaired with Winona La Duke the National Native Peoples-Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop at the Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, November 18-21, 2009. He is the author and editor of several books: Power and Place: Indian Education In America,with Vine Deloria, Jr.;Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria's Legacy on Intellectual America, with Steve Pavlik. His most recent book, Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge, suggests current global climate change issues will require the exercise of indigenous ingenuity-indigenuity-and wisdom if humankind is to reduce the ecological damage well underway.