Sunday, October 17, 2010

Seasons of Change 2010

Betty Strong Encounter Center
Sioux City Iowa Oct 17, 2010

Pierre Merrick and I were asked to share our thoughts and concerns about the Native American Indian and our Tribal history.  We produced a power point with Omaha tribal leaders starting in the 1800's with Chiefs then individuals.  Two crew members with the Lewis & Clark expedition, the first Indian woman to become a physician, the first Indian lawyer to argue a case before the Supreme Court, nurses and others of notable accomplishments, all Omaha Indians  We sang a few tribal songs and talked about Indian people today discussing racism and prejudice that both races have towards each other. It seemed to go well and we had quite a few questions in the end.  Like; How important is ancestry to your people? How do you react to people that are openly prejudice?  What is most important to native people today? We answered the best we could and they seemed satisfied.  The doors are slowly opening for Omaha speakers here in Siouxland.  Both Pierre and I look forward to doing even more.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Living In Two Worlds

Sioux City, Iowa,  Feb 21st. 2010
This was my first public speaking event in the Siouxland area since I came through with the Lewis & Clark Corps II, Tent of Many Voices some years ago and I really had fun with it.  Marcia Poole the Director of the Betty Strong Encounter Center really impressed me with her dedication to the mission statement of the facility.  We need more people like her and I'm sure there are in this city, I look forward to finding them.  This town and others like it, that are close to Indian reservations all have their own problems with pre-conceived ideas and old prejudices about their Indian neighbors and the Indians carry theirs as well.  The fact that this town won nationwide exposure in the Truman era, over not letting a veteran who was killed in action in Korea be buried in their cemetery because he was Native American doesn't help. Things can change and need to at times, but it is a slow wheel that turns, patience and perseverance are key.