Join Sam and Rick as they kick off their first episode of the Inspired Minds Podcast, as they search for ideas to restore American civic virtue.  In today’s episode, Rick and Sam discuss the meaning of values and virtue and their relationship to American civics, as well as the connection between civic virtue and climate change. Later, they are joined by guest speaker Daniel Wildcat for a discussion about “indigenuity” (indigenous ingenuity) – drawing on ancient wisdom to solve contemporary problems. 

A big thank you to guest speaker Daniel Wildcat! Dan is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. He is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center and member of the Indigenous & American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Wildcat has been an invited speaker on American Indian worldviews at Goddard Space Flight Center, National Museum of the American Indian. Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth College, University of Kansas Medical School, Kansas State University, University of California (Riverside) and many other institutions. He is the author and editor of several books, including Power and Place: Indian Education In America, with Vine Deloria, Jr.; and Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West