Native People of the Americas Colloquium 2017


October 30-31, 2017

Indigenous Women: Voices of Resilience and Reckoning

Click HERE for the 2017 NPAC Program

The colloquium is a yearly forum at the University of Dayton intended to give voice to indigenous issues, perspectives and experiences. In emphasizing the value that comes from understanding and engaging Native perspectives, we can construct a community that is truly inclusive.

Circle of Light, an inclusion and diversity program at the University of Dayton, and a planning committee of University faculty and staff coordinate the Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium. Mary Anne Angel founded Circle of Light in 2000.

*Registration required for some events

Monday, October 30

Music and story-telling will be provided between sessions throughout the day in the Kennedy Union Ballroom.

Native Blessing Ceremony

Kennedy Union Central Mall (Kennedy Union Ballroom if there is rain at this time) at 9:05 am
This will be a four directions ceremony to purify the spaces in and around us, offer gratitude, and ask that goodness comes from all we do.

Lecture: Savage Conversations


Kennedy Union Ballroom, 10:10 a.m.

Professor LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) is an internationally celebrated author, playwright, filmmaker, and the Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature at the University of Georgia. Her interests include Native and indigenous literatures, performance studies, film, and Indigeneity. Howe’s books include Shell Shaker, Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story, and Evidence of Red, and her upcoming projects including the PBS film Searching for Sequoyah and the opening of her play Sideshow Freaks and Circus Injuns in Toronto. Professor Howe will be sharing excerpts from her newest book, Savage Conversations, and discussing her international collaboration with Irish poets to commemorate the “Choctaw gift” to the Irish during the Potato Famine in 1847.

Luncheon - The Universal Language of Music and Storytelling: A Native perspective

Kennedy Torch Lounge, 12:20 p.m.

Alicia Pagan and Raymond Two Crows Wallen (Ga-Li) will use the universal language of music and storytelling to explore the Native perspective that we are all related. RSVP to Mary Anne Angel at Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis until all openings are filled!

Alicia Pagan: Singer, storyteller, and arts and language educator; M. Ed Multicultural Outreach (Wright State University); Greater Co­lumbus Arts Council; Ohio Humanities Council; Director and Co-­founder of Ga-Li ; LULAC Council #39000 Education Chair; Co-founder of Del Pueblo Inc.; Miami Valley Council for Native Americans; Board Member Two Trees, Inc.

Raymond Two Crows Wallen: Singer, songwriter, musician, and arts and naturalist educator; Greater Co­lumbus Arts Council; Miami Valley Council for Native Americans; community activist; Fiesta Latina Presenter; co-founder of Ga-Li, poetry, storytelling and curriculum workshops and diversity -training for universities and community organizations; Native American Music Award nominee for the “Best Folk/Country Recording” category.

Re-visiting Standing Rock: Multi-media Memoirs Special Guest Presenter: Phyllis Young (Standing Rock, Lakota) - Moderated by Mary Anne Angel, Ph.D.

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 2:30 p.m.

The Standing Rock Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline was not only about water protection. It was also an international movement to show solidarity about many eco-justice issues, that are grounded in the history and culture of the Lakota people. UD students and volunteers, who made a spring trip to Standing Rock under the tutelage of Linda and Luke Black Elk, will chronicle their experiences through multi-media and firsthand accounts. Phyllis Young will join the panelists and re-visit what she shared with the students in the Blue Gym on the night before they left. 

Phyllis Young is a life-long Lakota activist and Elder, who travels internationally to speak and work for First Nations, women's and legal rights. Young is also a co-founder of Women of All Red Nations (WARN) and a longtime ally of the Lakota People's Law Project.

Sarah Deer “Sovereignty of the Soul: Sexual Violence in Native America”


Kennedy Union Ballroom, 4:30 p.m.

Professor Deer (Muscogee) will provide a comprehensive overview of sexual violence committed against Native women and children. She will explore some of the most challenging contemporary issues as well as potential solutions and victories for Native women.

Sarah Deer has worked to end violence against women for over 20 years. She began as a volunteer rape victim advocate as an undergraduate and later received her J.D. with a Tribal Lawyer Certificate from the University of Kansas School of Law. She is currently a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Deer is a co-author of three textbooks on tribal law. She has received national recognition for her work on violence against Native women and was a primary consultant for Amnesty International’s Maze of Injustice campaign. Her latest book is “The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.” She is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship.

Community drumming and dancing hosted by the Chaske Hotain Lakota Drum and dancers

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Costume PSA: Moving Beyond Cultural (Mis)Appropriations


Kennedy Union Ballroom, 9:30 a.m.

The Native People of the Americas Colloquium is thrilled to partner with the University of Dayton’s Diversity Peer Educators to present “Halloween Costume PSA: Moving Beyond Cultural (Mis)Appropriations” on Tuesday, October 31st at 9:30 am. Students and faculty are invited to engage in dialogue about cultural appropriation, which tends to see an uptick in occurrence during Halloween, and how we as a university can create a more inclusive and respectful environment for the entire UD community.

Leon Briggs (Tonawanda Seneca) “Seneca No Face Dolls Workshop” 

Kennedy Union Ballroom, 11:00 a.m.

Leon Briggs will conduct a 2-part session on the "Seneca No Face Dolls", commonly known as corn husk dolls. First, he will discuss the story behind the corn husk dolls, which comes from old teachings about vanity, equality, and respect for all people in our communities. Next, Leon will take participants through the steps of making a corn husk doll. No preregistration or fee is required to attend the informative session or workshop. However, those who wish to "make and take" a corn husk doll during the workshop, must preregister.

Preregistration (for those who wish to make and take a No Face Doll): RSVP to Mary Anne Angel (mangel1@udayton.edu937-760-1936). Registration fee for UD students is $10; UD faculty and staff is $15; for non-UD participants is $20. Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis until openings are filled!

Leon Briggs (Seneca Nation, Tonowanda Reserve) is a blacksmith and owner of Medicine Bow Forge, traditional artist and craftsman, educator on: traditional Seneca arts and crafts, history and culture, spirituality, herbology, stories/mythology, American Indian Movement, colonization, treaties, boarding schools, and indigenous rights.

Luncheon: A Multi-media NPAC Retrospective, 2001-2016.

Kennedy Ballroom, 1:00 p.m.

RSVP to Mary Anne Angel at Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis until all openings are filled!



In conjunction with the colloquium, the campus community is invited to
attend a series of films throughout the semester further exploring Native
American identity and history.

Film screenings and book discussions:

Film Series, Viewing & Discussion (Roesch Library Collab, 7 pm)
October 3, Miss Navajo (moderated by Dr. Stephanie Litka)

October 12, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (moderated by Dr. Shannon Toll)

November 2, Short films: Ronnie Bodean, Six Pack and Gas Money, and Dig It If you Can (moderated by Dr. Shannon Toll)

November 30, Reel Injuns (moderated by Dr. Tom Morgan)


Book Read
LeAnne Howe’s  Shell Shaker, October 3, 3 pm, OMA Lounge (AH 101) - Contact Dr. Shannon Toll at - to recieve a copy of the book.  path
Louise Erdrich’s The Roundhouse, October 18, 4 pm, OMA Lounge (AH 101) - Contact Dr. Tereza Szeghi Dempster at - to recieve a copy of the book.  


NPAC Committee

Tereza Szeghi, co-chair
Tom Morgan, co-chair
Mary Anne Angel
Patty Alvarez
Jennifer Brancato
Nick Cardilino
Scott West
Shannon Toll
Stephanie Litka 
Carlos Stewart


The NPAC planning committee would like to extend our
gratitude to our sponsors, collaborators, presenters and

Internal Sponsors

Arts and Sciences Cluster Coordinating Committee, Center
for Social Concern, Circle of Light Program, Department of
Communication, Department of English, University Graduate
School, Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, Department
of History, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of
Multicultural Affairs, Office of the President, Office of the
Provost, Department of Philosophy, Department of Religious
Studies, University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion
Committee, and the Women’s Center

External Sponsors

Chaske Hotain Singers, Ga-Li, Medicine Bow Forge, Standing
Rock Indian Reservation, Tonawanda Seneca Reservation,
Two Trees Inc. and Weinkauf Film Productions

Contact Us

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Dayton, Ohio 45469