Several events planned in the Lawrence area this week will recognize, celebrate and honor the cultures, histories, contributions and resilience of Indigenous people.
Here’s a list of events, both in person and virtual, that we’ve found thus far. If you know of one we’re missing, please let us know by emailing us at hello (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com.
• 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 at Adobe Flats at Haskell Indian Nations University: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Event
“This day is centered around reflecting on our tribal roots and history so that we will continue to strengthen our communities,” according to a flyer from Haskell’s Student Government Association.
Speakers include Manny King, member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Lame Deer, Montana and Haskell staff member, and Myltin Bighorn, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe and a leader of KU’s First Nations Student Association. Featuring food, handgames, an art gallery, and prizes.
• 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 at the Lawrence Arts Center: “Hauntings of Assimilation: Understanding Haskell’s Past in Plain Sight”
With Eric Anderson, PhD, enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and professor and chair, Indigenous and American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University.
Anderson’s major research focus is “on American Indian education, especially the system of federal boarding schools established for Native youth in the late nineteenth century. He is currently at work on a book about the history of Haskell Institute, as well as a textbook project on American Indian Studies and Native history,” according to the Lawrence Arts Center.
• 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13: KU’s First Nations Student Association Tipi Raising
• Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, virtual lecture: Cultural Competency, Decolonization & Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Zoom conference with Joshuaa Allison-Burbank, PhD, CCC-SLP, Diné and Acoma Pueblo, an Assistant Scientist from Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Register here.
• 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Sabatini Multicultural Resources Center at KU: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Event
“Enjoy some Indigenous inspired foods while participating in a TV show watch party, button making, and Native American hand games.”
• 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15: KU’s First Nations Student Association Tipi Takedown