Sunday, June 26th at 1:30 pm in the Dannebrog Fire Hall 114 East Oak St. Ralph P. Brown will present his talk, “Walking the Red Road.” In the Native tradition, walking the Red Road means walking in integrity and with intention in seeking the greater good. Brown will reveal Indian beliefs regarding the value of a principle-based life according to the Native American medicine wheel, the story of the Seven Stones and explain how putting your attention on your intention can change your life.
Brown (also known as Tawennihake) is a Mohawk Indian from the St. Regis Indian Reservation in upstate New York. Life has taken him around the country where he has lived with several Indian tribes and been afforded the opportunity to study with many Medicine Men. He is a traditional story teller, pipe carrier and ceremony leader in addition to being a teacher of the Medicine Wheel. He is a self-taught artist who draws inspiration from his native culture, nature, and his unique perspective on the world and spirituality. His artwork titled “Tribal Family” is featured on the cover of Roger Welsch’s book, “The Reluctant Pilgrim.” He is the author of two books, “Awakening the Eagle: A Guide to the Medicine Wheel” and “13 Virtues to a New Life: A Journey Around the Medicine Wheel.”
Sunday, August 7th at 1:30 pm in the Dannebrog Fire Hall 114 East Oak St. Professor Jessica Shoemaker will present a program; topic to be determined. Professor Jessica Shoemaker’s legal scholarship focuses on American Indian land tenure. After a series of projects analyzing how the modern top-down institutions of reservation land ownership negatively impact Indian communities, Professor Shoemaker is engaged in a long-term project on transformational grassroots property law change. She has also recently worked on an international project on land use planning and community development through the University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute. Before her academic career, Professor Shoemaker represented Indian agricultural and other interests, both in private practice and as a Skadden Fellow with the Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc.[Continue Reading…]