Multicultural Resource Center

Lecture Series and Events

MRC Collaborations

What's Our Story? Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women In Minnesota

Chris Stark

Stark is an educator and author, who’s recent book Carnival Lights has been nominated for a Minnesota book award. She serves on the governor’s task force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Minnesota and is an educator in gender violence prevention. Her book explores inter-generational love that allows a family and other Native people to survive and overcome attempted genocide.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Atwood Memorial Center’s Theater

Co-sponsors: KVSC Radio, Women’s Center, American Indian Center, Multicultural Resource Center and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education


Wíyaka Siƞte Wiƞ "Tail Feather Woman's Vision of the Drum"

Paula Horne (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) and Babette Sandman (White Earth Ojibwe)

Listen to two Native women discuss the story of Wíyaka Siƞte Wiƞ, a Dakota woman who had a vision of a drum that would be shared in order to bring unity and healing among tribes.

Feb. 23, 2022

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Co-sponsors: American Indian Center and the Multicultural Resource Center

A Healing Tradition Shared: The Jingle Dress

Brenda J. Child (Red Lake Ojibwe) speaks about the jingle dress as a practice, its origins, and its ongoing use.

Child, Ph.D., is Northrop Professor of American Studies and former chair of the Department of American Studies and the Department of American Indian Studies. She is the author of several award-winning books including a book for children, Bowwow Powwow (2018), which won the the American Indian Youth Literature Award for best picture book. In 2019, she curated an exhibit at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Central MN, Ziibaaska'iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100. Child also has a popular new documentary, Jingle Dress Dancers in the Modern World: Ojibwe People and Pandemics, which is available on YouTube.

Dec. 7, 2021

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Co-sponsors: American Indian Center and the Multicultural Resource Center

peehkiciihaataawii "Let's Dress Her/Him Well": Traditional Great Lakes Indigenous Haute Couture

Native people have been expressing themselves through innovative clothing styles for thousands of years. 

Learn about traditional Native clothing with Scott Shoemaker, a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Program Officer, Native Arts and Cultures of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Nov. 18, 2021

Co-sponsors: American Indian Center and the Multicultural Resource Center


Honoring Nada Fronk: A Native Father’s Experience with His Missing and Murdered Indigenous Daughter

Monte Fronk, a 2007 graduate of St. Cloud State University (Public Safety Executive Leadership) and Emergency Management Coordinator for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, will tell the story of his daughter, Nada Fronk, who was murdered by her boyfriend May 26, 2021 at the age of 24.

Nada Fronk was missing and trafficked during much of her youth. After being rescued, she found the resilience to earn her high school diploma and was making a life for herself before it was tragically ended.

Oct. 7, 2021
Atwood Memorial Center’s Voyageurs room

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Co-sponsors: American Indian Center, Department of Ethnic, Gender, and Women’s Studies, Multicultural Resource Center, Racial Issues Colloquium, School of Public Affairs, and Women’s Center.

Content warning: This event will contain language and images that may be disturbing. Gender violence advocates will be present at the event for attendees who need support.

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