Native American Heritage Month


Indian Boarding Schools: Is Truth & Reconciliation Possible
Indian Boarding Schools: Is Truth & Reconciliation Possible

November 9 at 7 p.m. | Streaming via Zoom

Featuring speaker Tracy Littlejohn (Ho-Chunk). Hosted by UW-Eau Claire.

Littlejohn is a Youth Coordinator for the Ho-Chunk Nation and a Racial Justice Facilitator for the YWCA in La Crosse. Tracy stated, “I think it’s important to hear stories from all kinds of people. We are used to hearing a lot of stories from the mainstream community, and I’m not quite there... I appreciate that people seek out our thoughts about things.”

Reclaiming our Roles: LGBTQ Inclusion in Native American Heritage Month

November 11 at 5 p.m. | Streaming via Zoom

Featuring speaker KaiMinosh Pyle (Mekadebinesikwe). Hosted by UW-Eau Claire, join in the talk via Zoom.

Kai Minosh Pyle is a Two-Spirit writer, Indigenous language learner and advocate, and researcher. Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, they have ancestral ties to the Red River Métis, Sault Ste. Marie Ojibwe, and the northeast Wisconsin Polish-American community. Currently, they are a doctoral student in American Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities on the occupied Dakota homelands of Bde Ota Othunwe (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

This talk is made possible through a UW-EC ORSP Visiting Minority Artists and Scholars Program Grant, along with support from the American Indian Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Programs, and has been organized by the Committee for Inclusive and Just Engagement and Practices, Confluence Council, Inc.

Zoom Link
Christopher Sweet Artist Reception First Nations Contemporary Art Exhibit
Christopher Sweet Artist Reception First Nations Contemporary Art Exhibit

November 19 at 5 - 8 p.m. | Brady & Jeanne Foust Gallery at Pablo Center

Join in an evening of artful conversation and explore the Native American experience through the works of Christoper Sweet. This exhibit is on display through December 19 at Pablo Center.

Sweet (Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe), is from southcentral Wisconsin and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Describing his artistic process, Sweet states, “My mind is always trying to find the right path in a painting, so when I begin a process there are sometimes a few ideas layered underneath the completed piece of work. It can be a long journey but it is always a therapeutic experience.”

Virtual Exhibit
Native America Artifacts Video Archive

UW-Eau Claire | Archive Video

Archivist Greg Kocken and American Indian Studies Associate Professor Dr. Heather Ann Moody, provide an overview of artifacts in the UW-EC McIntyre Library Special Collections and Archives. Many of the items in the Native American collection date from the early twentieth century and include a pipe bag, woven grass maps, necklaces, a gourd rattle, a jingle dress, and more.

Revitalizing Native American Cuisine
Revitalizing Native American Cuisine

Owamni by The Sioux Chef | Minneapolis, MN

Check out this restaurant in the Twin Cities, Owamni by The Sioux Chef, which is committed to revitalizing Native American Cuisine and “reclaiming an important culinary culture long-buried and often inaccessible.”

Sean Sherman, the founder of The Sioux Chef, writes, “Through my career as a professional chef, opening restaurants and cafes in Minneapolis, I gained experience cooking Italian, Spanish, and other European cuisines. But it wasn’t until I spent time in Mexico, observing how closely Indigenous people live to their culinary traditions, that I realized I had very little idea of what my own ancestors ate before colonization.”