Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY: Honoring the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Rio Grande

Monday, October 14, 2019 5pm – 7pm

At Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
7851 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM


Everyone is invited to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge for a provocative and honest conversation exploring what it means to reclaim “Columbus Day” as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” We gather in sincerity to open space for meaningful dialogue about species in peril, tribal sovereignty and trust responsibility. In this way we Honor Native Land, people, plants and animals along the Rio Grande. Speakers include Eddie Paul Torres (former Governer, farmer and rancher, Isleta Pueblo), Brophy Toledo (Cultural Leader, Jemez Pueblo) and Stephanie Oyenqu (Education Coordinator, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center), among others, and is moderated by Rosie Thunderchief (Valle de Oro/Ancestral Lands Tribal VISTA, Navajo, Diné, Pawnee, Arapaho & Cheyenne, Ho-Chunk, Lakota). The evening culminates with a special performance of Animal Dances by youth from Jemez Pueblo.