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Students and faculty on our campus represent 6 native tribes.  In their honor, we present their tribal flags.

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Calendar of Events

September 28, 2011 @ Nazareth College
Tom Porter, Mohawk Nation Elder and founder, director and spiritual leader of the traditional Mohawk community of Kanatsiohar •:ke

Tom Porter

Title: “Words That Come Before All Else” 

Brief Bio: Tom Porter, Lifelong champion for the revitalization of Native languages and traditions, he will speak about the traditional “Thanksgiving Address” which explains the Haudesnosaunee (Iroquois) connection to the natural world, and is at the core of the Haudenosaunee view of the universe.

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Location: Nazareth College, Shults Center, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
Cost: $10 for UR students, Bring your student ID
Sponsor: Friends of Ganondagan

Ganondagan Lecture Series: Three distinguished speakers will tie together their various areas of expertise with the importance of re-connecting to the natural world. “The impetus for this series was seeing the many serious problems facing us in the natural world today,” says Friends of Ganondagan Executive Director Jeanette Miller. “As human beings, we need to pay attention and refocus on the messages from our Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) elders and leaders about our obligations to the natural world. Returning to these words of wisdom can help direct us back on track.” This year’s Ganondagan Native American Lecture Series is a partnership with both the Center for Service-Learning and the Religious Studies Department at Nazareth College. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ganondagan.org/programs/LectureSeries.htmlor call 585-742-1690. Student's who want to attend all three lectures can pay $25 for the series.


October 13, 2011 @University of Rochester
Dr. Poodry, Director of Minority Opportunities in Research at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Poodry

Title: CTSI Fall Workshop: The Three Objectives of Training
Location: Saunders Research Building  Room 1416-- The Pearson Room
Reception to follow in the atrium.
ASL interpreters will be provided.
Time: 4pm with a reception to follow
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by: CTSI and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Clifton Poodry, Ph.D., is director of the Division of Minority Opportunities in Research, where he oversees the administration of grants designed to increase the number of minority biomedical and behavioral scientists. In addition, he manages predoctoral research training grants in the area of genetics. Before joining NIGMS, Poodry served as acting associate vice chancellor for undergraduate affairs at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned a B.A. in biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in biology from Case Western Reserve University. Poodry conducted postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Clifton Poodry on the Value of Diversity
Dr. Clifton Poodry on the Value of Mentorship


Chief Oren Lyons

October 19, 2011 @ Nazareth College
Chief Oren Lyons Jr., faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation

Title: “The Natural World: Our Responsibility as Human Beings,” Chief Oren Lyons, Jr., faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, is recognized throughout the world as a human rights advocate, environmentalist, author, speaker, and artist. He will speak about the problems that arise when we neglect our responsibilities in connection to the natural world.

Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Nazareth College,Shults Center, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
Cost:U of R has paid for and reserved tickets for 20 students to attend this lecture. First come, first serve!! Students should email Cfishgol@u.rochester.edu to register for their seats at the Oren Lyons event and bring $10 to the front desk in Wallis Hall. Additional tickets will be $10 for UR students at the door. Bring your student ID.
Sponsor: Friends of Ganondagan

Ganondagan Lecture Series:www.ganondagan.org/programs/LectureSeries.html
Marisol de la Cadena

Wednesday October 19 @ University of Rochester

Title: 2011 Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture
An Archive Beyond History: Mariano Turpo's Story about Indigenous "Land Struggle" in the Andes by Professor Marisol de la Cadena, University of California, Davis

Time: 7pm
Location: Lander Auditorium, Hutchison Hall
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Department of Anthropology

Other info: Biographical info for Professor Marisol de la Cadena: Education
1996    Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1987    Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France)
1986    Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Durham (England)
1985    Licenciatura en Antropología, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima

Areas of Specialization: Indigeneities; Politics and the Political; Cultures of History and Memory; Science and Technology Studies (STS) (particularly the interface Science/Politics); World Anthropologies, Race Critical Theory; Anthropology of the State (Areas: Latin America: Andes and Central America)


November 1, 2011 @ RIT
Native American Month Film and Panel

Location: SAU Bamboo Room 2610/2650
Time 12:00pm-1:30pm


Linda LeGarde Grover

November 3, 2011 @ University of Rochester
Kafka Award Reception: The 2011 Kafka Prize presented to Linda LeGarde Grover for her debut story collection 'The Dance Boots.'

Dance Boots

Location: Wells-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus
Time: 5pm
Linda LeGarde Grover will do a reading and book signing
The event is free and open to the public.

Each year the Susan B. Anthony Institute awards the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize to a work of fiction by an American woman.  This year marks the 35th anniversary of the award. The award calls attention to the work of a promising but less established woman writer.  Submissions come from publishing houses across the country, and past winners have included Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett, Ursula Le Guin, and Toni Morrison, each before achieving fame.  This year's Kafka Award Committee consisted of Kathy McGowan (Chair of Committee - Rush Rhees Library), Terry Platt (Biology), and Jean Pedersen (Eastman Humanities).

The 2011 Kafka Prize goes to Linda LeGarde Grover for her debut story collection 'The Dance Boots.' Grover, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is also the co-author of A Childhood in Minnesota: Exploring the Lives of Ojibwe and Immigrant Families, 1880-1920 and the author of the poetry chapbook The Indian at Indian School.  The Dance Boots, the co-winner of the 2009 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press and now the winner of the 2010 Janet Heidinger Kafka Award from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of English at the University of Rochester, is her first novel."


November 3, 2011 @ RIT
Native American Month Thanksgiving Dinner

Location:SAU Cafe
Time: 5pm-7pm


November 3, 2011 @ Nazareth College
Theresa Maresca MD and Medical Director for Snoqualmie Tribe

Turtle Island

Title: Healing & Balance in the Haudeosaunee Culture
Location: Nazareth College Arts Center Room A13
Time:7pm-9pm
Cost: RSVP for free admisson for URMC students.  The contact person is Andrea Ehmann in the Medical Humanities office. Her ext is 5-5800 and email is Andrea_Ehmann@urmc.rochester.edu
Sponsor: Friends of Ganondagan

Dr. Theresa Maresca, a member of the Mohawk nation, will share the importance of taking care of our physical, mental, and spiritual well being and the connecting to the natural world. Trained in herbal medicine from both a Western and Native traditional perspective, Dr.  Maresca will discuss the importance of taking care of our physical, mental, and spiritual selves through connections to the natural world.

Ganondagan Lecture Series:Three distinguished speakers will tie together their various areas of expertise with the importance of re-connecting to the natural world. “The impetus for this series was seeing the many serious problems facing us in the natural world today,” says Friends of Ganondagan Executive Director Jeanette Miller. “As human beings, we need to pay attention and refocus on the messages from our Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) elders and leaders about our obligations to the natural world. Returning to these words of wisdom can help direct us back on track.” This year’s Ganondagan Native American Lecture Series is a partnership with both the Center for Service-Learning and the Religious Studies Department at Nazareth College. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ganondagan.org/programs/LectureSeries.htmlor call 585-742-1690. Student's who want to attend all three lectures can pay $25 for the series.


November 4, 2011 @ University of Rochester
Theresa Maresca MD and Medical Director for Snoqualmie Tribe

Theresa Maresca

Title: Honoring the Circle: Lessons in Patient-Driven Care from American Indian Communities
Location: Adolph Auditorium, University of Rochester Medical Center
Time: Noon-1pm
Cost: Free
RSVP:To Andrea Ehmann in the Medical Humanities office.  Andrea_Ehmann@urmc.rochester.edu
Sponsors: UR School of Medicine, UR School of Nursing, UR Human Values in Health Care cluster

Program Topic: The circle symbolizes holistic connection and continutity for many indigenous peoples. Post-Columbian contact impacted traditional American Indian healing approaches via U. S. Government control over the Indian health system. With the 1976 passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Tribal governments are steadily reclaiming control over their health systems. Native communities are demonstrating creativity and flexibility to meet complex needs in both urban and reservation settings. These newer systems reflecto core contepts of culture, life cycle continuity, community connectedness, and power-sharing with patients that addresses current health disparities.Lessons learned from a Mohawk family physician with over two decades of experience in several American Indian communities will be described in a case-based format.


November 8, 2011 @ University of Rochester
Ryan Red Corn and Dallas Goldtooth of the 1491s and Buffalo Nickel Creative

Social SmallPox

Time: 5pm
Location: Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary (upper level)
Cost: FREE
Sponsor: University of Rochester, Office of Admissions

Ryan Red Corn:
Ryan Red Corn (Osage) is a renaissance man, boasting a hand in several entrepreneurial ventures such as Demockratees, a website that produces politically oriented t-shirts and posters and Buffalo

Nickel Creative, a "buffalo powered" creative firm that strives to aid small/medium businesses and non-profit entities in telling their stories on the web. Ryan also sits on the boards of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce (Tulsa Chapter) and Friends of the Osage Language. Ryan is a member of the 1491s, a Native American sketch comedy group that releases short films on social networks such as Youtube that not only mock Native American stereotyping, but brilliantly engage in a dialogue that confronts contemporary issues in the cultures of Native peoples by inciting laughter through satire.

Dallas Goldtooth:
Since 2008, Dallas Goldtooth (Dakota/Dine) has been making comedy films on his own as well as performing with his partner-brother Migizi Pensoneau under the guise of Deez Muttz. In addition to being a founding member of the 1491s with Ryan Red Corn, Dallas is also a representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network , a grassroots organization devoted to educating and empowering Indigenous peoples on the development of environmental protection strategies and the protection of the human rights to practice cultural and spiritual beliefs.

1491s: www.1491s.com
Demockratees: http://www.demockratees.com/
Buffalo Nickel Creative: http://www.buffalonickelcreative.com/
Indigenous Environmental Network: http://www.ienearth.org/about.html


Canandaigua Treaty Day

Canandaigua Treaty Day

Date: November 11th, 2011
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: 96 West Gibson Street, Canandaigua, New York, 14424
Other info: If you are interested in attending, please contact Carlie Fishgold at Cfishgol@u.rochester.edu. This event is sponsored by Friends of Ganondagan.

The 1794 signing of the Canandaigua Treaty is commemorated annually by Native and non-Native peoples alike at the boulder by the original Canandaigua Signing location. The celebration features: A parade on Main Street  *A ceremony and keynote speakers at Council Rock  *Native craftspeople and vendors  *A pot-luck dinner and social.


November 10th-13th, 2011
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference
Minneapolis, MN


November 18, 2011
Flag Celebration- Featuring Haudenosaunee Social Dance

Time: 7-10pm
Location: Hirst Lounge Wilson Commons
Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Kappa Delta Sorority and Academic Support

Celebrate the new flags in Hirst Lounge representing the countries of international students sponsored for study, the sovereign nations of Native American students, and the US territories.  An Iroquois Social Dance is an occasion celebrating community, where attendees of all backgrounds can learn traditional social (as opposed to sacred) dances while the singers (usually men) sing their accompanying songs. They are performed in a counter-clockwise circle and often require partners. The University of Rochester is hosting this occasion in honor of its recognition of Indigenous/Native nation sovereignty and overall.

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