White House Hosted ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ Lecture in Egypt

White House Hosted ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ Lecture in Egypt

  • January 29, 2024

Joseph Simonson, Free Beacon

The Biden administration hosted a lecture in Egypt on the virtues of “indigenous knowledge,” a pseudoscientific theory that posits Native Americans possess secret wisdom solely by virtue of their ethnicity, according to internal documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The November 2022 lecture took place at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, and featured Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, a Chadian activist. Ibrahim spoke about how alternative methods of knowing are often more accurate than data-driven science. To substantiate her point, Ibrahim claimed that her grandmother could predict when it is going to rain better than a weather app.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy organized Ibrahim’s lecture, according to records first acquired by Protect the Public’s Trust via a Freedom of Information Act request. Two senior White House officials, Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory and Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Director Wahleah Johns spoke after Ibrahim, internal White House communications show.

Much of Ibrahim’s speech was bizarre, if not outright erroneous. At the start of the event, she asserted that “technology” has only existed for “maybe some hundred years.”

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