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Native American Heritage Month


Discussion led by Jerome Kills Small, Oglala lakota, M.A. University of South dakota

Thursday, November 2, 2-3:45 P.M. CDT

With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan’s lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father suddenly dies. The loss prompts Johnny to strike out for Los Angeles, but it would mean leaving behind his beloved sister.

HYBRID Lecture: The Fight for Indigenous Education

Sarah White, Oglala Lakota, Executive Director, South Dakota Education Equity Coalition

Tuesday, November 7, 10:30-11:45 A.M. cst

Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 110

Watch Fight for Indigenous Education again.

A passionate advocate of Indigenous education whose work seeks to elevate the urgent narrative of Indigenous education through the lens of the community, Sarah will address the value of spoken and written word, the importance of specific regional Indigenous Pedagogy and strategies for securing state legislation to bring about this change.
 She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master’s of Education degree from Creighton University, and a PK-12 Administrator endorsement from the University of South Dakota.

HYBRID Lecture: Stories of self-advocacy; Through the lens of a Dakota scholarly woman

Janelle Whipple, Native American Health Science Services Program & Student Services Coordinator, Washington State University, Doctoral Student, Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University

Wednesday, November 8, 4-5 P.M. cst
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 10, Room 110


Watch Stories of Self-Advocacy again.

Wakiyan Ska Win is Janelle’s Dakota name. She is from Isanti Land/Santee, Nebraska, and a proud enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska and begins her statement in the Dakota Iyapi (Language) because it is vital to who she is as a person. Janelle earned an AA in Liberal Arts from her tribal college, Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC), a BA in General Studies with an emphasis in History, Native American Studies & Sociology from the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), a Masters in Tribal Governance and Administration (MTAG) from University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and currently is a 3rd year Ph.D. student, pursuing a Doctorate from Gonzaga University in Leadership Studies. Janelle’s credentials demonstrate her academic accomplishments, but she describes her academic journey as extremely difficult for various reasons. Her experiences have inspired her to be a resource, mentor and advocate for as many Native American students as possible. She wants to be the person that students can learn from to help navigate along their academic journey, so they have an enriched and rewarding experience. She also has a goal to be a positive role model for younger generations of Native American students both from the reservation and urban areas, encouraging younger generations that if she can do it, they can do it.  Janelle quotes one of her favorite Native American scholars, Vine Deloria Jr. “Every society needs educated people, but the primary responsibility of educated people is to bring wisdom back into the community and make it available to others so that the lives they are leading make sense”. Learn from Janelle Whipple in this presentation and experience her deepest aspiration…to live up to that responsibility to help her community any way she can.  

VIRTUAL LECTURE: The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving

Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Nipmuc Tribe, co-director and founder of the Ohketeau Cultural Center

Thursday, November 9, 12:30-1:45 P.M. cst


Larry Spotted Crow Mann inspires, educates and challenges the notion of Thanksgiving, a holiday engrained in American history. His riveting discourse challenges the narrative and conceptions of American history and exposes the untold stories and lingering scars of the past. He encourages the current generation to move bravely forward to greater understanding and awareness into the future.
Watch the Virtual Lecture: Un-Settling: A Story of Land Removal and Resistance on YouTube.

Native American Craft Fair

Saturday, November 18, 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. cst

South Omaha Campus
CAM Bldg., Room 120


 Visit with Native American artists from the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow and beyond. Explore their artistry and purchase items for holiday or every day pleasure. 
Admission free and open to the public.


Connect to the MCC YouTube page to view virtual recordings of International/Intercultural Education programming.

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 International/Intercultural Education,, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.

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