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The Indians of Iowa
November 19, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
This Native American Heritage Month, join us in the virtual discussion about Iowa’s indigenous communities, their history, current reality, and how we can and must elevate their voices. RSVP at the link here. We will hear from:
Lance M. Foster (Irogre: Finds What is Sought, Bear Clan), b. 1960 is a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, of the Ioway Nation. Raised in Montana, he received a B.A. in Native American Studies and Anthropology from the University of Montana and a M.A. in Anthropology and a M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. He’s also an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts. He currently serves his tribe as THPO (Tribal Historic Preservation Officer), consulting for the tribe on environmental and cultural compliance, and serves on the Indian Advisory Council of Iowa’s Office of the State Archaeologist. He is the author of the Indians of Iowa (University of Iowa Press, 2009) and was elected Vice Chairman of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska in 2019.
Sebastian F. Braun is the Director of American Indian Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Iowa State University. He was born and grew up around Basel, Switzerland and earned a Lic.phil.I (M.A.) in Ethnology, History and Philosophy from the University of Basel, before taking a M.A. in Anthropology and Folklore and a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University. He worked for over a decade in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of North Dakota prior to coming to Iowa State in 2015. He has worked on, with and around tribes in the Midwest and the Plains. He is the author of Buffalo Inc. American Indians and Economic Development and editor of Transforming Ethnohistories. Since 2004, Braun has written the chapter on the United States for The Indigenous World, the yearly summary of events and developments for indigenous peoples by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.
Timothy Perkins currently serves as a commissioner for the Commission on Native American Affairs. He is passionate about helping his community and is active in many community endeavors. In addition to his 32 years of military service he has worked as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion for years as an EEO Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, and ambassador for CultureALL providing presentations on Native Americans covering history, culture, and their contributions to the American story. Tim also currently serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Council for the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Minority Outreach and Unemployment Standing Committee.