Daniel  Wildcat

Daniel Wildcat

Keynote Speaker

Professor of Indigenous and American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University and Founder of the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, Daniel Wildcat is the Keynote Speaker for the Summit Session 4 on November 6, at 10am central time. Daniel Wildcat will also participate in the Teaching & Education Workshop of this session.

Daniel Wildcat’s Biography

Daniel R. Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma.

Daniel R. Wildcat is an Indigenous & American Indian Studies faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University. His service as teacher and administrator at Haskell spans 34 years. In 2013 he was the Gordon Russell visiting professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He has served as adjunct faculty for the Bloch School – UMKC for the past decade. 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. 

In 1994 he helped form a partnership with the Hazardous Substance Research Center at Kansas State University to create the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center as a non-profit Native American research center to facilitate: 1) technology transfer to tribal governments and Native communities, 2) transfer of accurate environmental information to tribes, and 3) research opportunities to tribal college faculty and students throughout the United States.

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 environmental issues will require the exercise of indigenous ingenuity – indigenuity – and wisdom if humankind is to reduce the environmental damage underway. He is a co-author on the Southern Great Plains chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.