His talk takes place at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room.
From 1999-2011, Smith served as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, one of three federally recognized Cherokee tribes. During Smith’s tenure, the Cherokee Nation grew its assets, increased healthcare services, created jobs and advanced education, language and cultural preservation. Smith is the author of "Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe" (McGraw-Hill, 2013).
Smith’s lecture is part of UNC Asheville’s Native American Speaker and Performance Series. The series provides the opportunity to engage in dialogue and deconstruct and challenge popular stereotypes of American Indians, and includes speakers and performers from various tribes across the United States. All events in the series are free and open to the public.
The Native American Speaker & Performance Series is co-sponsored by many UNC Asheville programs and offices: the Office of the Associate Provost, the Department of Education, the American Indian Outreach Program, the Arts & Ideas Program, the Humanities Program, the NEH Distinguished Professor, and Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs. For more information, visit cesap.unca.edu or call 828.251.6674.