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Native American Heritage Month, November 2021. Together Toward Tomorrow.

Native American Heritage Month


Lecture: Good Medicine: Finding Your Voice After Collective Trauma

Kyle Ethelbah, White Mountain Apache, Director for College Programs, Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Ethelbah’s mother passed from domestic violence when he was three years old, his father was in prison until he 25 and died from alcoholism, and his brother committed suicide. He was the last one left and believes that the only thing that was different for him was the opportunity to go to school. An uncle encouraged him to pursue a college education; he participated in TRIO and other college support programs as an undergraduate and credits education for providing him an amazing life.

Watch again on YouTube - Good Medicine

Lecture: NIBTHASKA & Rights of Nature

Renee Sans Souci, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Cultural Consultant and Educator, BA Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The sacred relationship that we have with Water and the disruption of Traditional Ecological Knowledge base and lifeways is the focus of this presentation. Also, the Rights of Nature, a growing international movement that recognizes species and ecosystems not simply as resources for humans to use, but as living entities with rights of their own, will be discussed.

Renee Sans Souci combines her life experiences with a learning process that helps learners to engage in their own cultural identities and languages. She has been a Teaching Artist with the Lied Center for Performing Arts since 2009. Renee has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on various topics related to #MMIW2GS, Native Science, History of Indian Education, Native languages, Poetry, and Sustainability. Sans Souci was featured, last year, in the PBS American Masters Series, UNLADYLIKE 2020: Susan LaFlesche Picotte: The First American Indian Doctor. She was also a finalist for a 2020 Inspire Award, Celebrating Women Leaders in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Watch again on You Tube: Nibthaska & Rights of Nature

Lecture: Boarding Schools & the Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project

Susana Geliga, PhD, Lakota/Taino, Assistant Professor
Department of History and Native American Studies, University of Nebraska Omaha

Hundreds of thousands of Native American children were removed from their homes and families and placed in boarding schools operated by the federal government and the churches from 1869 until the 1960s. They suffered physical, sexual, cultural and spiritual abuse and neglect, and were punished for speaking their Native languages. Many children never returned home and their fates have yet to be accounted for by the U.S. government.

Dr. Geliga addresses the history of boarding schools and shares We honor the Pawnee people on whose land the Genoa school was built and the thousands of children from at least forty tribal nations who attended the school. We offer this site to their descendants and communities, who have survived and persevered despite the US government’s attempt to eradicate Indian cultures and sovereignties.

Watch again on YouTube: Boarding Schools and the Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project 


Discussion led by Maunka Morgan, Ho-Chunk, Division Head, Native American Studies & Business, Nebraska Indian Community College

More Than a Word takes us inside the growing grassroots movement to encourage sports leagues at all levels to eliminate Native American-themed mascots and team names. Directed by John and Kenn Little of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the film places the successful, indigenous-led effort to change the name of Washington’s NFL football team within the wider context of Native American history and the long, destructive legacy of racial stereotyping, white supremacy, and cultural appropriation. With eye-opening commentary from Native American scholars and activists, More Than a Word serves as a necessary reminder that words, images, and struggles over meaning have the power to shape history.
Film materials and licensing support provided by Metropolitan Community College Libraries.

MCC personnel and students may access this streaming video More Than a Word by using steps below:

  1. Going to the MCC Library website:
  2. Click on the Streaming Videos tab
  3. Click on the blue “Streaming Videos” link
  4. Click on Microsoft Stream or Docuseek. 
  5. Search by video title.

Watch the film discussion from 11/8/2021 - More Than A Word

Lecture: Revolution in Higher Education: The History of Tribal Colleges

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Indian College Fund

The presenter will focus on the transformative impact of tribal colleges and universities on tribal education and in American higher education.

Cheryl Crazy Bull, Wacinyanpi Win (They Depend on Her), Sicangu Lakota, is President & CEO of the American Indian College Fund, serving since 2012. Cheryl is a frequent public speaker, presenter, and writer about indigenous education and issues with a focus on indigenous higher education equity and place-based education. She served as a faculty member and administrator at Sinte Gleska University and as the Chief Educational Officer at St. Francis Indian School on her home reservation, Rosebud. Prior to the College Fund, Cheryl served as President of Northwest Indian College for 10 years.

The Native American Finance Officers Association honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in October 2019. In March of 2020, CBS paid tribute to Crazy Bull, along with six other women, as an example of what it means to challenge and overcome stereotypes and biases in their industries as part of a series of CBS CARES public service announcements. Working Mother Media named her their Legacy Awardee at their Multicultural Women’s Conference in July of 2020.

Watch again on You Tube: Revolution in Higher Education: The History of Tribal Colleges
Participation for all programs is free and open to the public.

Contact or 531-622-2253 for more information.
Additional International/Intercultural Education virtual programming can be found on YouTube.

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