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Voices & Visions Update

April 14, 2009

Over fifty people joined the speakers in College Library’s Ethnic Studies Room on Tuesday, April 14th. Roberta Hill, featured speaker, is a poet and Asst. Professor in English Department who shared family experiences from her Oneida and Mohawk ancestry and their migration to Wisconsin. As moderator, Larry Nesper, Assistant Professor of Anthropology brought in voices from the audience. Reflections from Aaron Birdbear (Mandan-Hidatsa/Dine), Tracy Peterson (Dine), and Janice Rice (Ho-Chunk) included struggles and survival in their stories about ancestral homelands, relocation, and the importance of education, respect for the environment, and spirituality to the resilience and survival of native people.

The program was taped and will be available through Wisconsin Public Television soon.