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NATIVE AMERICAN LAND STRUGGLES AND GEOLOGY DISCUSSED AT HAMILTON COLLEGE

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Posted March 21, 1997
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Steve Semken, a geologist and professor at Navajo Community College in Shiprock, N.M., will discuss "The Geology Underlying Struggles Over Native American Lands in the Western U.S." at Hamilton College on Sunday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Science Building Auditorium and is free and open to the general public.

Focusing on historical and current events in Native American lands struggles, Semken will discuss the Black Hills/Great Sioux wars, the long walk of the Navajo, the uranium boom on the plateau, the Navajo-Hopi land dispute and the use of Shoshone/Paiute lands for nuclear testing.

Semken is one of nine distinguished speakers of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and teaches at the oldest of 29 tribally-controlled Native American colleges in the U.S. His research interests include igneous systems in the Colorado Plateau, the environmental impacts of coal and uranium mining, and ethnogeology and earth systems knowledge of the Navajo. In addition to the evening talk, Semken will discuss "Geoscience Education in a Dine (Navajo) Context" on Monday, March 31, at noon in the Science Building Room 109. He will talk about methods of integrating Dine concepts, empirical knowledge and philosophy into geology content.

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