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American Indian panels

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Curt Kalk, commissioner of natural resources, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Curt Kalk, commissioner of natural resources, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, joins a panel discussion Nov. 23 in Atwood Theatre.

Alaina Hanks, a White Earth Anishinaabe and St. Cloud State student Curt Kalk, commissioner of natural resources, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe 

Two panels discussions this month will produce ideas and opinions about American Indians in Minnesota and the educational experiences of Indians.

The panels are additions to the "Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country" exhibit and event series on campus through Dec. 11.

The Educational Experiences of American Indian Students
7 p.m. Nov. 19
Miller Center Auditorium

This discussion will focus on the educational experiences of American Indian college students, including the challenges, motivations and inspirations for continuing their education.

Panelists: Alaina Hanks, English major, White Earth Anishinaabe; June Sayers, hydrology major, Red Lake Anishinaabe and Ho-Chunk; Wade Dauphinais, chemical dependency major, Leech Lake Anishinaabe and Ho-Chunk; Linda Trosper, criminal justice major, Dine’; Nikki Roundtree, psychology major, Standing Rock Lakota. A reception follows.

Minnesota Indian Country Today
7 p.m. Nov. 24
Atwood Theatre

This discussion will highlight the persistence of contemporary Minnesota Indian communities and will connect to similar efforts of tribes described in the exhibit. Revealing current educational, cultural and environmental programs demonstrates the vitality of Minnesota Indian country today. A reception follows.

Panelists: Curt Kalk, commissioner of natural resources, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Sheldon Peters Wolfchild, independent filmmaker and tribal historian, Lower Sioux Indian Community; Robert Peacock, director of tribal college programs, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Curt Kalk bio

Mille Lacs Band member Curt Kalk has served as the Commissioner of Natural Resources since 2001. He oversees the Band’s natural resource and environmental programs; forestry, fish and wildlife improvement activities on tribal lands; and other natural resource management duties. Kalk also serves as the chair of the board of directors for the Great Lakes Indian Fish Wildlife Commission, an inter-tribal agency that helps its 11 member tribes protect their treaty hunting, fishing and gathering rights and preserve natural resources.

The "Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country" is on display in the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center. 

The exhibit draws upon original documents in the rich Native American collections of the Newberry Library, and in the collections of the Washington State Historical Society, the Minnesota Historical Society and other institutions. Photographs of handwritten documents, maps, paintings and drawings provide a colorful background for the story of the encounter.

Organized by the Newberry Library, Chicago, in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, "Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country" was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. Additional support came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Sara Lee Foundation is the lead corporate sponsor; Ruth C. Ruggles and the National Park Service also supported the exhibit.

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