Native People of the Americas Colloquium 2016


November 14-15, 2016

Indigenous Language Preservation and Cultural Resistance

NPAC 2016 Program

The colloquium is a yearly forum at the University of Dayton intended to give voice to indigenous issues, perspectives and experiences. In emphasizing the value that comes from understanding and engaging Native perspectives, we can construct a community that is truly inclusive.

Circle of Light, an inclusion and diversity program at the University of Dayton, and a planning committee of University faculty and staff coordinate the Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium. Mary Anne Angel founded Circle of Light in 2000.

*Registration required for some events

Monday, November 14

Music and story-telling will be provided between sessions throughout the day in the Kennedy Union Ballroom.

Native Blessing Ceremony

Kennedy Union Central Mall (Kennedy Union Ballroom if there is rain at this time) at 9:00 am
This will be a four directions ceremony to purify the spaces in and around us, offer gratitude, and ask that goodness comes from all we do.

“LGBT/Two-Spirit Native American Activism in the United States and Canada, 1969-2000.” Speaker: Daniel Rivers

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 10:00 –11:30 a.m.

This talk will discuss the history of LGBT Native American activism from the post-Stonewall, liberation era through the development of the two-spirit movement in the 1990s. Topics covered will include the experiences of Native Americans in the gay liberation and lesbian feminist movements; Native American HIV/AIDS activism; and the emergence of the two-spirit movement.

Daniel Rivers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University currently on a fellowship with the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.  An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, he is a historian of LGBT communities in the twentieth century, Native American history, the family and sexuality, and U.S. social protest movements. His first book, Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since WWII, published by the University of North Carolina Press in September of 2013, won the 2014 Ohio Academy of History book prize and the 2014 Grace Abbott Prize for the best book on the history of childhood and youth. He is currently at work on a second book project on the history of LGBT and Two-Spirit Native Americans in the United States and Canada, from 1940 to the Present.

Luncheon - The Universal Language of Music and Storytelling: A Native Perspective. Performers: Alicia Pagan and Raymond Two Crows Wallen.

Kennedy Torch Lounge, Noon-1:15 p.m.

Alicia Pagan and Raymond Two Crows Wallen (Ga-Li) will use the universal language of music and storytelling to explore the Native perspective that we are all related. RSVP to Tereza Szeghi at cRegistrations will be accepted on a first come basis until all openings are filled!

Alicia Pagan: Singer, storyteller, and arts and language educator; M. Ed Multicultural Outreach (Wright State University); Greater Co­lumbus Arts Council; Ohio Humanities Council; Director and Co-­founder of Ga-Li ; LULAC Council #39000 Education Chair; Board Member and Co-founder of Del Pueblo Inc.; Miami Valley Council for Native Americans; Board Member Two Trees, Inc.

Raymond Two Crows Wallen: Singer, songwriter, musician, and arts and naturalist educator; Greater Co­lumbus Arts Council; Miami Valley Council for Native Americans; community activist involved in preven­tion programming and community building and empowerment; Fiesta Latina Presenter; jewelry designer and silversmith; co-founders of Ga-Li, co-facilitated poetry, storytelling and curriculum workshops and diversity -training for a number of universities and community organizations including: Harvard, Princeton, More­house College, Wright State University, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, University of Day­ton, and numerous Cultural Festivals and Teacher In-Services; Native American Music Award nominee for the “Best Folk/Country Recording” category in 2004.

Lakota/Dakota Language Revitalization, Speakers: Sunshine Carlow and Nacole Walker with the Native Nations Rebuilders Program.

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 1:30—3:30 p.m.

During the first hour of this session, Sunshine Carlow (Director of the Language and Culture Institute) and Nacole Walker (Director of the Lakota Language Immersion Nest) will briefly discuss the history of government policies to eradicate Native languages. Then Carlow and Walker will describe some of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation's Language Immersion Programs, which are helping to heal the effects of assimilation and build strong positive identities through language revitalization. During the second hour, the audience will participate in a hands-on Lakota/Dakota learning lesson.

Sunshine Woman Archambault-Carlow (Pȟunkéska Wakpá Wiŋ) is Húŋkpapȟa and Oglála Lakȟóta and Northern Cheyenne.  She is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  Sunshine grew up on the Pine Ridge and Standing Rock Reservations.  In 2003, Sunshine graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with a Business focus from Si Tanka University at Huron – Huron, SD (formerly Huron University).  Currently Ms. Carlow serves as the Director of the Language and Culture Institute for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  Her strength is strategic planning and grant writing.  She is a 2nd language learner and advocate for the Lakota/Dakota languages.  Sunshine and her husband have four children.  

Nacole Walker was raised in Fort Yates, North Dakota and is a member of the Standing Rock Nation. She is the director of the Lakhol'iyapi Wahohpi (Lakota Language Immersion Nest) and Wichakini Owayawa (New Life for the People Lakota Language Immersion School) at Sitting Bull College. Nacole has been actively learning the Lakota language since 2010 and now teaches adult Intensive Lakota/Dakota Langauge courses throughout the year and at the annual Lakota Summer Institute at Sitting Bull College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Dartmouth College in 2011 and is currently completing her Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from the University of Mary; she will graduate in the spring of 2017.

“Oshkizhitwaawinan: New Traditions.” Speaker: Margaret Noodin

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 4:00–5:30 p.m.

As American Indians are faced with extinction or evolution it is important to talk about the ways ancient words and ideas can become part of our present and help create a sustainable future.  Margaret Noodin will share ways that writing songs and poems in Anishinaabemowin has provided a way to think about aanjikiing, changing worlds.

Margaret Noodin received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also serves at the Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. She also serves as Co-Editor of The Papers of the Algonquian Conference and Book Review Editor for the journal Studies in American Indian Literature.  Her poems and essays have been anthologized and published in Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Poetry Magazine, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Water Stone Review, and Yellow Medicine Review. With her daughters, Shannon and Fionna, she is a member of Miskwaasining Nagamojig (the Swamp Singers) a women’s hand drum group whose lyrics are all in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe).  To see and hear current projects visit where she and other students and speakers of Ojibwe have created a space for language to be shared by academics and the native community.  

Keynote Address, followed by community drumming and dancing hosted by the Chaske Hotain Lakota Drum and dancers.

“Call and Response: Poems and Films Honoring Ancestors and Elders”

Speaker: Heid Erdrich

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 7:00-9:30 pm

Author Heid E. Erdrich will present poetry, poem-films, and food stories from the Indigenous Upper Midwest. 

Heid E. Erdrich is a collaborative artist, visual arts curator, and the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Cell Traffic from University of Arizona Press. Her recent non-fiction work is Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes. Heid's next book, Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media is due out by 2017 from Michigan State University Press. Her writing has won numerous awards and her collaborative poem films won a Judges Award, a Best of Fest, and Best Experimental Short awards in 2014 and 2015. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College.

Tuesday, November 15

“The Standing Rock Nation vs the Dakota Access Pipeline: Context.”

Speakers: Linda and Luke Black Elk

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 1:00-2:30 pm

The Dakota Access pipeline has become a rallying point for those concerned about water quality and water rights. The Sacred Stone Camp protests however are also about sacred sites, treaty rights, and food sovereignty. Linda and Luke Black Elk will explore all of these issues, and give details about how, no matter where you live, you can take action to Stand with Standing Rock.
Linda Black Elk Linda (Catawba Nation) is an ethnobotanist specializing in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. Linda works to protect food sovereignty, traditional plant knowledge, and environmental quality as an extension of the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline on the Standing Rock Nation. Linda has written for numerous publications is the author of “Watoto Unyutapi”, which is a field guide to edible wild plants of the Dakota people. Linda is the mother to three Lakota boys an instructor at Sitting Bull College.
Luke Black Elk (Thítȟuŋwaŋ Lakota) is a storyteller, grassroots activist, and traditional spiritualist. He has conducted research in water restoration, fire ecology, sustainable building design, and food sovereignty.  He hopes to use these techniques to encourage a more traditional way of life among his people. Along with his duties as a Sundance leader and practitioner of the seven sacred rites of the Lakota, Luke is a student of environment enviromental science at Sitting Bull College on Fort Yates, ND.

“ReZpect Our Water.” Speakers: Chief Vincent Mann and Lee McCaslin 

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 3:00-4:30 pm

“ReZpect Our Water” was launched internationally in the summer of 2016 as part of the Standing Rock DAPL Protest, but Native Peoples have long been at the forefront of activism against environmental injustice. In the first segment "The Turtle Clan’s Fight for Survival from Environmental Injustice", Chief Mann will describe his tribe’s efforts to force the Ford Motor Company to renew remediation efforts at a 500-acre site it contaminated by dumping toxic materials onto the tribe’s ancestral homeland. Chief Mann will also discuss how he works to protect the tribe's land from fracking efforts and the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline. In the second segment “Oilfield Trash and the Woodlands”, McCaslin will discuss why he is now a whistle blower and activist. McCaslin travels internationally to testify as a master driller about the effects of oil and gas extraction on the environment, land-owners, communities and workers. As a Native person, his activism is also a spiritual responsibility.

Chief Vincent Mann, who is the Turtle Clan Chief of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, won the top Russ Berry Foundation Making a Difference Award in 2016. He is a Ringwood Mines Superfund Site CAG Member and Consultant to the Environmental Studies program for Ramapo College (New Jersey) for pipeline impacts to the environment, the Ramapough Lunaape Nation and its Clans. Chief Mann has worked with NYU Environmental Medical College to develop a community based health survey. He is involved with the Two Row Wampum Campaign "Honoring Our Treaties" Pipeline Cultural, and Environmental Monitoring of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (ELPASO/KINDER MORGAN). He is also a consultant on the Spectra Energy line within the Ramapo Mountains, for protection of burial and sacred sites.  

Lee McCaslin is a Faith Keeper of the Little River Band of the Ottawa Indians, a 25 year traditional Native American Dancer, and an activist who focuses on treaty rights, water protection, and unity water and renewal ceremonies. McCaslin is also a master driller, who worked in the Oil and Gas Industry throughout the United States and Mexico for 32 years, before becoming a whistle blower.

“Free to You From the Creator's Garden: Native Plants and Herbs”

Kennedy Ballroom,6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Leon Briggs (Tonawanda Seneca) will conduct a 2-part session on finding, identifying and using Native plants and herbs for medicinal and nutritional purposes. During the first hour Leon will focus on twelve common plants, including simple remedies and recipes. During the second hour Leon will take participants through the steps of making a stress-relief pillow, tea, and coffee substitutes. No pre-registration or fee is required to attend the informative session or workshop. However, those who wish to "make and take" a medicinal pillow during the workshop, must pre-register.

Leon Briggs (Seneca Nation, Tonowanda Reserve) is a blacksmith and owner of Medicine Bow Forge, traditional artist and craftsman, educator on: traditional Seneca arts and crafts, history and culture, spirituality, herbology, stories/mythology, American Indian Movement, colonization, treaties, boarding schools, and indigenous rights.

Pre-Registration (for those who wish to make a medicinal pillow only): RSVP to Mary Anne Angel (; 937-760-1936). Registration fee for UD students, faculty, and staff is $10. Fee for others is $15. Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis until openings are filled!


In conjunction with the colloquium, the campus community is invited to
attend a series of films throughout the semester further exploring Native
American identity and history.

Film screening and discussion:

  • September 26, 8 p.m., ArtStreet Studio B: Reel Injun
  • October 26, 7 p.m., Roesch Library Collab: How Bear Got a Short Tail and Let’s All Come Together
  • November 9, 7 p.m., Roesch Library Collab: Language Healers
  • December 1, 7 p.m., Roesch Library Collab: The Business of Fancydancing

Tereza M. Szeghi,, 937-229-3443

Book Discussions: Heid Erdrich’s Cell Traffic

September 28, 4-5 p.m., OMA Lounge—Registration required by Sept. 26 to ensure that participants receive copies of Erdrich’s poems in advance. Email Tereza Szeghi at to sign up.

October 26, 12-1 p.m., Women’s Center, AL 206—Registration required by Oct. 21 to ensure that participants receive copies of Erdrich’s poems in advance. Email Tereza Szeghi at to sign up.

NPAC Committee

Tereza Szeghi, co-chair
Tom Morgan, co-chair
Mary Anne Angel
Patty Alvarez
Jack Ling
Scott West
Carlos Stewart


The NPAC planning committee would like to extend our
gratitude to our sponsors, collaborators, presenters and

Internal Sponsors

Arts and Sciences Cluster Coordinating Committee, Center
for Social Concern, Circle of Light Program, Department of
Communication, Department of English, University Graduate
School, Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, Department
of History, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of
Multicultural Affairs, Office of the President, Office of the
Provost, Department of Philosophy, Department of Religious
Studies, University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion
Committee, and the Women’s Center

External Sponsors

Chaske Hotain Singers, Ga-Li, Medicine Bow Forge, Standing
Rock Indian Reservation, Tonawanda Seneca Reservation,
Two Trees Inc. and Weinkauf Film Productions

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