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Native Knowledge for the New Earth

CMC Sustainability and Ecosystem Science Conference, Friday, April 19, 2024

Keynote Presentation: Native Knowledge for the New Earth

How are leaders throughout the Western Hemisphere creating a shift in consciousness known as the New Earth? Forrest Cuch, a member of the Ute Indian tribe, will talk about how the ancient presence of American Indians informs a vision for the New Earth, including intersections with racism, environmental justice, and climate change.

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  • 9-9:25am

    Welcome and Opening Remarks - CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser

  • 9:30-10:55am

    Sustainability and Ecosystem Science Capstone-Student Research Presentations

    Breakout Rooms to be published prior to the conference. 

  • 11:00am-12pm

    Native Knowledge for the New Earth

    Keynote Address by Forrest Cuch.

Forrest Cuch. Photo: Paul Fraughton/The Salt Lake Tribune

Keynote Speaker

About Forrest Cuch

Forrest S. Cuch is a member of the Ute Indian Tribe. He grew up on the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Reservation and was raised in the sacred Ute/Shoshone Sundance religion. He has held positions as education director for the Ute Indian Tribe, planner for the Wampanoag Tribe in Aquinnah, Massachusetts, executive director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, and social studies department head at Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. He published A History of Utah’s American Indians, and is co-author of A Native Way of Giving. Photo: Paul Fraughton/The Salt Lake Tribune