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Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series

The Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series began in 2006. Approximately nine presentations annually are offered across MCC campuses and centers. Discussion leaders are identified for the films.

HYBRID LECTURE: The Sacred Tradition of the Sweat Lodge

Chris Eagle Hawk, Oglala Lakota

Renowned traditional Lakota expert and Emcee for the Denver March powwow, Chris Eagle Hawk, discusses the sweat lodge.
 Eagle Hawk is self-employed as a Cultural Consultant, providing Lakota knowledge, drum therapy and self-awareness for the youth and adults throughout Indian Country. He is a member of two warrior societies and the Teca Wacipi Okolakiciye (Young Dancer’s Society).
 Thursday, September 21
12:30-1:45 p.m. 
 Fort Omaha Campus, Digital Express, Bldg. 10, room 136B & C
Register here at this link to view virtually: The Sacred Tradition of the Sweat Lodge


Ricardo Ariza,  Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAGNebraska) Career Specialist, Umóⁿhoⁿ (Omaha) Nation Public Schools
Suzi French, Farm to School Director, Umóⁿhoⁿ (Omaha) Nation Public Schools
Stacie Hardy, Superintendent, Umóⁿhoⁿ (Omaha) Nation Public Schools
Tuesday, December 5, 12:30-1:45 p.m. CST
Register for Zoom at Virtual Panel: Harvesting Hope
Learn from leaders of the innovative outdoor classroom implemented by Umóⁿhoⁿ (Omaha) Nation Public Schools in Macy, Nebraska where educators teach students about the natural sciences through the lens of Native culture, history, and traditional ceremonies.
From planting to harvesting and everything in between, Umóⁿhoⁿ Nation Public School students connect with their community and receive hands-on experience in agriculture, economics, and cultural traditions.

HYBRID LECTURE: A Council of Dolls
Mona Susan Power, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, author, graduate of Harvard Law School and the Iowa Writers' Workshop

Tuesday, March 19
12:30-1:45 p.m. CDT
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 22, Room 201A
Register for Zoom at A Council of Dolls

Mona Susan Power is the author of four books of fiction, including The Grass Dancer, Roofwalker, Sacred Wilderness and A Council of Dolls. Participate to learn about her life and her newest book, A Council of Dolls, a story of three women, told in part through the stories of the dolls they carried...

Sissy, born 1961: Sissy's relationship with her beautiful and volatile mother is difficult, even dangerous, but her life is also filled with beautiful things, including a new Christmas present, a doll called Ethel, who whipspers advice and kindness in Sissy's ear. 

LIllian, born 1925: Born in her ancestral lands in a time of terrible change, Lillian clings to her sister, Blanche, and her doll, Mae. The sisters are forced to attend an 'Indian boarding school' far from their home. When tragedy strikes the sisters, the doll Mae finds her way to defend the girls.

Cora, born 1888: Though she was born into the brutal legacy of the 'Indian Wars,' Cora isn't afraid of the white men who remove her to a school across the country to be 'civilized.' Teachers burn her beloved buckskin and beaded doll, Winnona, and Cora discovers that the spirit of Winona may not be entirely lost.


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.​