UNITY CONCERT WORKSHOPS
| BECAUSE KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Men and Women Helping Women to take back their Power -
by Leroy Comes Last
Finding your God Given Destiny - by Lisa Heth
Historical Trauma and Parenting - by Grace Johnson
Caretakers of the Sacred: The Relationship Between Women and the Horse in Native America - by Yvette Collin
Without fences, force, or the use of instruments of restraint, hundreds of thousands of horses once lived amongst The People by choice. Contrary to what the world may understand, it was the women of the tribe who were traditionally responsible for creating the conditions that allowed this sacred companionship to exist. Learn how the women and the horse worked together to help educate the youth, heal the sick, and keep The People safe in times of great need. See how this traditional wisdom and the descendants of these sacred horses are being used today to elevate Native youth and communities.
The History of the Indigenous People of the Americas and the Horse: Through the Eyes of Our Ancestors - by Yvette Collin
During the time of first contact, those that originated from colonizing cultures were taught to believe that “all things civilized” came from Europe. Due to this, many written historical records regarding the horse of the Americas were skewed to fit into that paradigm. However, the oral history and cultural traditions of many indigenous Peoples of the Americas prove otherwise. Learn more about the research currently being conducted in this area, the return of what is left of the indigenous horse of the Americas to traditional practices, and their use in indigenous cultural education programs.
Yvette J. Collin
Yvette J. Collin is of Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, and Mayan descent on her mother's side, and Nakota, Cherokee, and European descent on her father's side. Mrs. Collin is a doctoral candidate and a Fellow at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her research is focused on the historical, traditional, and spiritual relationships between the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and the horse. Her family founded Sacred Way Sanctuary (www.sacredwaysanctuary.org), which is located in Florence, Alabama. They have spent years tracing the oral history and spiritual practices of many of the Native American Peoples with regard to their traditional horse, and gathering representatives of what is left of these endangered creatures for preservation. She is a wife, a mother of five children, and a grandmother. Mrs. Collin received her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University (Writing Seminars), and a Joint M.A. from New York University (Journalism and Latin American Caribbean Studies.) She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, and was granted Fellowships at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2013-2014, and 2014-2015. She is an award-winning journalist, and has held various executive positions at non-profit institutions around the United States. She practices her People’s traditional ways, and strives each day to follow in the footsteps of her ancestors. Mrs. Collin has presented her research at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in May of 2014, the Alaska Native Studies Council in 2015, and has lectured throughout the United States on these subjects, as well as in China and Vietnam.
This workshop will cover current methods of uranium mining, plans to mine radioactive uranium in the Black Hills near sacred sites, and how people have stopped -- and can stop -- uranium mining.
Lilias Jones Jarding is a long-time activist and researcher who has a history of opposing uranium mining and other unsafe energy projects. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis on Environmental Policy from Colorado State University. Currently, she teaches at a tribal college in South Dakota. She serves on the Boards of the Clean Water Alliance, Izaak Walton League – Rapid City Chapter (2011 – present), South Dakota Peace and Justice Center (March 2014 – present), Western Mining Action Network, and Dakota Rural Action (December 2013 – present).
URANIUM MINING IN THE BLACK HILLS
By Shane Davis
or website: www.fractivist.com
Internet Safety & what you need to know - by Kasey Fleury
Internet safety presentation will include talking points on Risky behaviors, giving out personal information, sexting, unwanted sexual request, and cyberbullying. This curriculum comes from NetSmartz. They offer free, multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored for specific audiences- parents and communities, tweens, teens, and younger children. Their innovative presentations utilize the latest statistics, online resources, videos, and expert tips to educate, engage, and empower children and adults to be safer on and offline. Their website address is www.netsmartz.org
Kasey Fleury is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, lives on the Crow Creek reservation. She is married to Tim and mother of 4 children. Kasey has been an active community member and advocate for the youth for the past 6 years. Positive Indian Parenting trainer for Crow Creek and Lower Brule reservations. She is very passionate and committed to educating youth about self esteem, internet safety, culture, teen dating violence, healthy relationships, sex trafficking and healing from trauma and abuse. She has worked at Wiconi Wawokiya since 2010 as the Education/Prevention Specialist and recently the shelter coordinator. For more information on Wiconi Wawokiya our website is www.wiconiwawokiya.org and our facebook page is Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc (helping families)
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Environmental Justice and Civil Disobedience - by Rafael Rodriquez Cruz
Rafael Rodriguez Cruz is a Puerto Rican attorney and environmental activist. From 2001 to 2003, he was actively involved in the struggle to stop the use of Vieques, Puerto Rico, for military practices and the resulting widespread contamination with depleted uranium. He was arrested in 2001 by the U.S. government and convicted of non-violent civil disobedience. Today, Rafael is the president of the Board of Directors of the Rosenberg fund for Children in Massachusetts. He is also an advisor to ARISE for Social Justice, an agency that advocate for social and environmental justice for low income communities.