Finally, I have to thank the late Vine Deloria, Jr. in whose honor I was hosted to speak. I never had the honor of meeting him. But his intellectual influence began before I could read. I asked my mother at five years old, "What does it mean 'Custer Died for Your Sins'"? I knew from that time that academic research could be used as a tool of colonization. I later came to see that it can be part of enhancing and expanding Native American sovereignty. In the 21st century the role of science and technology will be crucial in the development of tribal institutions, economies, and governance. I look for tribes to reckon with technoscience in ways that enhance political and "cultural sovereignty" (in Wallace Coffey's and Rebecca Tsosie's words). Native American and other indigenous peoples' engagement can help open up technoscientific practices to a broader array of standpoints and conceptions of the risks and benefits to be had.
(As usual, I have to give local culinary tips: Was treated to great food and ambiance at the historic El Charro Cafe in downtown Tucson. Found smooth organic coffee and expert service at Savaya Coffee Market, Broadway and Craycroft.)