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A Feast of Words: Tribal Environmental Knowledge and Partnerships Solving 21st Century Challenges

January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Feast of Words, featuring Mike Dockry


Using historical documents from the University Archives, Mike Dockry will demonstrate the positive and negative impacts wild rice research at the University of Minnesota has had on tribal communities and ecosystems. His presentation at “A Feast of Words” will focus on a tribal-university partnership created to protect and restore wild rice ecosystems in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Dockry will also highlight tribal voices and describe a future where collaborative research supports tribal food sovereignty and healthy ecological and human communities.

Dockry is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, with traditional territories around Lake Michigan and a reservation in central Oklahoma. He is Assistant Professor for tribal natural resource management at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Forest Resources. His research and teaching relates to strengthening tribal sovereignty, addressing tribal environmental issues, and incorporating Indigenous knowledge into forestry.

“A Feast of Words” is part of Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds.

Event details

What: A Feast of Words, featuring Mike Dockry
Where: Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union
When: Jan. 26 | 5 to 8 p.m.

5:00 p.m. Guest arrival, social time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:15 p.m. Program begins

Tickets (dinner and lecture included):
$40 adults
$25 currently enrolled student


Buffet dinner includes:
  • Pan-Seared Wisconsin Trout with Sumac Spiced Sunflower Seeds (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
  • Roasted Squash Stuffed with Heirloom Beans and Dried Cranberries, (Gluten Free, Vegan)
  • Honey Roasted Sunchokes and Turnips with Grilled Local Mushrooms (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
  • MN Wild Rice with Local Hazelnuts, (Gluten Free, Vegan )
  • Maple Squash Sorbet with Autumn Harvest Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan)
  • Coffee or Tea

About Mike Dockry

Mike Dockry
Mike Dockry

Mike Dockry is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation with traditional territories around Lake Michigan and a reservation in central Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Dockry is an Assistant Professor for tribal natural resource management at the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the American Indian Studies Department. His research and teaching focus on tribal natural resource management, planning, incorporating Indigenous knowledge into forestry, and helping state, federal, and universities form partnerships with American Indian tribes.

His research supports tribal sovereignty and addresses tribal environmental issues. Mike serves on the research subcommittee of the Intertribal Timber Council, is the current president of the North Star American Indian Science and Engineering Society Alliance and Professional Chapter, and an elected executive council member of the American Society for Environmental History. He is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Forestry and Environmental History.

He earned a B.S. in Forest Science from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. in Forest Resources from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin. Mike is a nationally recognized expert in tribal forestry, tribal relations, and building tribal partnerships.

Mike’s research is collaborative and interdisciplinary. He brings together research teams to answer land manager’s questions in support of sustainable forest and natural resource management. His research interests include understanding social aspects of forest and natural resource management, sustainability, indigenous community forestry, strategic foresight and planning, American Indian studies, and environmental history.


January 26
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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