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September conference to gather representatives from indigenous tribes

The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA
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12 June 2009

Due in part to the transformation of the Winnebago community in Nebraska as a result of their practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, a conference is scheduled on campus in late September that will bring representatives from American Indian tribes around the U.S.

Speakers will include elders from the Hocak, Mohawk, and Passamaquady tribes, and the former tribal chair of the Sac and Fox Nation. Hosts and participants will include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services, the National Indian Education Association, Winnebago Tribal Health Services, Winnebago Treaty Hospital, and the Hocak Elders Council.

The David Lynch Foundation, which initiated and funded the Winnebago project in Nebraska, is also supporting and hosting the conference.

'We're thrilled this is happening,' said Bob Roth, vice president of the Lynch Foundation. 'It's just amazing how the Transcendental Meditation technique has helped the people on the Winnebago Reservation during the past year and a half. It's not only helping them to abate a lethal epidemic of diabetes, but it's also helping them to reconnect with their spiritual heritage. They feel like it's helping to save their lives and their culture.'

An inspiring six-minute documentary about the Winnebago project that includes interviews with tribal leaders and members can be found on

The conference, titled 'Building a Healthy, Sustainable American Indian Community,' will be held September 25-27. Topics will include culture, education, health, agriculture, and energy.

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