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The 2019 Kateri Peace Conference takes place Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17 at The National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in Fonda, New York. The 21st Annual conference is entitled “Defying Extinction - Nurturing a Garden of Resilience in the Face of Climate Crisis.”

For over 20 years the conference has met on the site of an historic Mohawk Village. This year’s conference will examine the painful existential threat of climate collapse and war.

The conference will feature presenters, educators, artists and special events.

We are joined by conference organizers John Amidon and Maureen Aumand and by one of the conferences presenters, Dahr Jamail, the author of “The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.” Jamail is also a Truthout staff reporter and has written numerous articles on climate disruption.

The received idea of Native American history as promulgated by books like Dee Brown's mega-bestselling 1970 "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well.

Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative.

Because they did not disappear -- and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. His new book is "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee" where David Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir.

Tommy Orange and book cover for "There There"
Author Photo - Elena Seibert

Tommy Orange’s powerful and urgent Native American voice has exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. His debut novel, “There There,” interweaves the experiences of twelve people who gather in Oakland for a pow wow. It is a multigenerational story about violence, recovery, hope, and loss.

Artist Jeffrey Gibson uses his art to reflect on his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as a means of exploring the significance, traditions, and rituals of personal adornment and identity.

Gibson’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses a wide range of mediums and draws on a variety of influences and visual languages to comment on race, sexuality, religion, and gender, among other topical issues. He combines popular and queer culture with references to Native American history and current events.

His new exhibition, “This Is the Day” is on view at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York through December 9.

Tracy Adler is The Johnson-Pote Director of The Wellin Museum and curator of this exhibition.

Sebastian Barry is one of the most prominent Irish writers of his generation. In his latest novel, Days without End, he explores America through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant fighting in the great wars of the mid-19th century.

It’s about war, immigration, and the violent making of America, but also a moving love story between two gay men. 

In Anne Makepeace’s new documentary, two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice.

The film will screen at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY on Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m. The screening is presented by FilmWorks Forum.

Anne Makepeace has been a writer, producer, and director of award-winning independent films for more three decades. Tribal Justice, will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2017, and will culminate in a national PBS broadcast later this year.

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Shannon Holsey, President of Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, will provide remarks in honor of Native American Heritage Month at Albany City Hall in Albany, NY.

Albany is within the heart of the traditional territory of the Mohican people, who lived for thousands of years along the Hudson River. Displaced from their homelands, the Mohican people thrive today on a reservation in northern Wisconsin.

We are joined by Shannon Holsey and Bonney Hartley - Tribal Historic Preservation Officer based at Russell Sage College. 

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The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY is celebrating its 35th anniversary and has many exciting and educational events going on this season including: artist demonstrations, a fall exhibition, A Soldier's Heart a Sister's Hands: Haudenosaune [ho deh neh show nee] Women Veterans, Iroquois storytelling and the Iroquois Festival on Labor Day weekend.

They will be hosting a party on July 9th to celebrate 35 years with vendors, live music, children's activities, silent auction and more. 

Here to tell us more are Dr. Christina Hanks, Founding Director of the museum and Stephanie Shultes, Current Director.

Frederick E. Hoxie, one of our most prominent and celebrated academic historians of Native American history, has written a book entitled, This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made, which creates a bold and sweeping counter-narrative to our conventional understanding of Native American history.