The artist, Reed Two Bulls,
said the ideas behind this design
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Midwest Regional Virtual Conference: Listening to Indigenous Voices: What Do We Need to Hear?

October 8-11 (Thursday 6:30 pm USA Central – Sunday, noon USA Central)

Rev. Barbara Fairbanks, Dr. Margaret Noodin, Ms. Diane Wilson, The Rev. Robert Two Bulls, Deb Nedeau, Kathy VandenBoogaard, April Stone

Program fee: $100 This includes printed materials. Fee is nonrefundable. Registration is closed.

Program check-in: 6:15 pm Thursday. This is a virtual conference. Participants are responsible to ensure that they have computer/tablet, microphone, camera and internet capability to support participation. See here for more info.

Registration: Registration is closed

While listening to Indigenous voices we hope to learn about current realities, build relationships, and consider ways to honor and support our Native Sisters.

Central to our Fall program are Dr. Margaret Noodin, Ms. Diane Wilson, and the Rev. Barb Fairbanks, three indigenous women who bring depth and diversity to the engagement of Native American life that promises to be transformative. Together, these three women will address enculturation issues, historical realities, geographic migration, spirituality and importance of foods, and land in the Native American culture. They will be joined by the Rev. Robert Two Bulls, Missioner for the Department of Indian Work and Multicultural Ministries for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. At the beginning of the conference, he will introduce the Doctrine of Discovery and its effect on the Native American peoples through consequent policies and legislation. The final presentation of the conference will be given by Deb Nedeau and Kathy VandenBoogaard, representatives of the Great Lakes Peace Center. They will discuss how their center approaches Racial Reconciliation. An introduction to a variety of Native American Art, including a presentation by artist April Stone (Bad River band of Chippewa) round out the programming. The worship and music will reflect a weaving of the Native American and Episcopal traditions.

Click here for agenda.

Leaders

The Rev. Barbara Fairbanks

Dr. Margaret Noodin

Ms. Diane Wilson

Yankton/Santee

Anishinaabe, Lake Superior Band

Mde Wakatan Oyate

The Rev. Robert Two Bulls

Deb Nedeau and
Kathy VandenBoogaard

April Stone

Oglala Lakota

Great Lakes Peace Center

Ojibwe


Leaders

The Rev. Barbara Fairbanks (Yankton/Santee) is an Episcopal priest, recently retired as Family and Youth Services Director at the American Indian Family Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Barbara serves on the Board of the Department of Indian Work and Multicultural Ministries for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota and has served as the Elder for the planning committee of Listening to Indigenous Voices.

Dr. Margaret Noodin (Anishinaabe, Lake Superior Band) is a professor of English and Native American studies at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, and director of the Electa Quinny Institute. Her specialty is addressing how language affects culture and ethical living, including storytelling and lyrics.

Ms. Diane Wilson (Mde Wakatan Oyate) is author of the memoir Spirit Car as well as an anthology of Native American personal stories, Beloved Child. She is also the former director of Dream of Wild Health farm in Hugo, Minnesota, an organic farm specializing in traditional Native American food resources. She has also collaborated in writing workshops at the Carondolet Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Rev. Robert Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota) has served as Missioner for the Department of Indian Work and Multicultural Ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota for the past twelve years. He is also an artist and is from a family of artists. Canon Two Bulls’ faith inspires his artwork.

Deb Nedeau and Kathy VandenBoogaard (Great Lake Peace Center) will offer a presentation on peace building through racial reconciliation. They will build on the initial presentation of the historical and cultural realities brought about by the Doctrine of Discovery and the consequent U.S, legislation that led to the genocide and forced migration of Indigenous peoples.

April Stone is a self-taught basket weaver and member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). April has received much recognition for her working knowledge of black ash basketry while being thought of as a patient, gentle educator.

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