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NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH NOVEMBER 2020

Exploring a Native American Holistic View of Water

Wynema Morris, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa, M.A. Northern Arizona University, Board of Directors, Nebraska Indian Community College

Morris provides a look at the holistic view Native American peoples have of water, drawing comparisons between the Native and Euro-American views. The presentation includes the values of spirituality and religion, time, nature, sharing and acquisition, cooperation and competition, teaching and learning and acceptance of change.

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Storytelling…Connecting the Past and the Future

Oral tradition is the time-honored way Native American cultures pass traditional values and beliefs from one generation to the next. While Native American stories are as varied as the trees on earth, a common aspect of Native storytelling is the use of humor as entertainment, a learning tool and a survival technique. Join a legendary storyteller each week to experience a few styles of this ancient art.

VIEW STORYTELLING WITH ALAYNA EAGLE SHIELD ON YOUTUBE
VIEW STORYTELLING WITH JEROME KILLS SMALL ON YOUTUBE

Tim Tingle, Choctaw—Thursday, November 12
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America

Chef Sean Sherman - Founder/CEO The Sioux Chef, co-founder of NATIFS

Chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking across the US and Mexico over the past 30 years, and has become renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of indigenous foods. His main focus has been on the revitalization and evolution of indigenous foods systems throughout North America. Chef Sean has studied on his own extensively to determine the foundations of these food systems to gain a full understanding of bringing back a sense of Native American cuisine to today’s world. In 2014, he opened the business titled, The Sioux Chef as a caterer and food educator in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.  He and his business partner Dana Thompson also designed and opened the Tatanka Truck, which featured 100% pre-contact foods of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. 

In October 2017, Sean was able to perform the first decolonized dinner at the James Beard House in Manhattan along with his team. His first book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen was awarded the James Beard medal for Best American Cookbook for 2018 and was chosen one of the top ten cookbooks of 2017 by the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle as well as the Smithsonian Magazine. Also that year, Chef Sean was selected as a Bush Fellow, as well as receiving the 2019 Leadership Award by the James Beard Foundation. The Sioux Chef team continues with their mission to help educate and make indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible through the recently founded nonprofit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS). Through this entity, Sean sees this vision as even more relevant in the time of COVID. Educating the world on localizing food systems is critical and we believe that we can leverage NATIFS to expedite this mission.

Learn more at www.natifs.org.

Wednesday, November 4
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Connect to ZOOM for The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America

Ribbon Skirt Demonstration

Sophia Ford, Bad River Band of Ojibwe People, 2020 Fort Omaha Virtual Intertribal Powwow Princess

Ribbon Skirts are not only a distinct fashion piece, but are also a historical and traditional form of identity among native women. The ribbon skirt, a symbol of womanhood, tells a story of adaptation and survival.
Learn about ribbon skirts as 2020 Fort Omaha Virtual Intertribal Powwow Princess demonstrates the steps of their construction.

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Kimberly Teehee, J.D., Cherokee, director of government relations, Cherokee Nation, senior vice president of government relations for Cherokee Nation Businesses, B.A. Political Science, Northeastern State University, J.D., University of Iowa College of Law

Kimberly Teehee has established an impressive record of accomplishments on a wide array of Native American issues. In 2019, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. named Teehee as the tribe’s first delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served President Barack Obama as the first-ever senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council for three years. Teehee also served as senior advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Native American Caucus co-chair, Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI) for nearly 12 years. In February of 2020, she was named by Time as one of their 16 top activists fighting for a "More Equal America."

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VIDEO & DISCUSSION: Blood Memory

Battles over blood quantum and ‘best interests’ resurface the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era – a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide. As political scrutiny over Indian child welfare intensifies, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony.

Film materials and licensing support provided by Metropolitan Community College Libraries.

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My Journey to Buffalo Built Design Studio Steven Buffalohead, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Navajo and Algonquin

Showing talent with his drawings from an early age, Steven’s passion for art was a guiding theme throughout his education. Careful guidance helped him find many opportunities for financial assistance as a Native American and first-generation college student, but his dyslexia and stuttering created challenges with his education. Learn about Buffalohead’s journey from achievement to success that led to a college degree, internship as a graphic designer and eventually starting his own business, Buffalo Built Design Studio, where he helps others become successful with design and web needs necessary in a digital world.

Thursday, November 12,
12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
Connect to ZOOM for My Journey to Buffalo...


Additional International/Intercultural Education virtual programming can be found on YouTube.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez, bvelazquez@mccneb.edu, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.