SHERIDAN — Sheridan College’s annual ethics lecture will be April 17 at 7 p.m. at the CTEL presentation hall.
This year’s lecture is titled “Historical and Current American Indian Policies: an Ethical Framework for the Future.”
Larry Keown will explore historical and current American Indian policy in the United States. The dilemma that government officials faced in forming American Indian policy was unique. Were those polices driven by wanton intent or were they simply the result of officials with benign purpose? Were those policy decisions unethical or simply irresponsible? Regardless of intent, trust was significantly eroded between tribal and federal and state governments, defining the business environment of today. What we have learned from the past becomes the foundation for building a positive future in American Indian and non-Indian relationships.
Keown is an author, consultant and educator on tribal relations, with degrees in forestry and natural resource management. As a federal official, he was instrumental in collaborating and consulting with numerous American Indian tribes on the development of a historical preservation plan for the nationally renowned Medicine Wheel sacred site in Wyoming, as well as providing advice to other agencies on management of sacred sites around the country.
Keown has counseled numerous government agencies and corporate entities in the process of building successful relationships with American Indian tribes, and has trained thousands of government and corporate leaders at his tribal relations seminars throughout the country. After 10 years of collecting vital information on tribal relations, he completed his award winning book “Working in Indian Country: Building Successful Business Relationships with American Indian Tribes.”
This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.