DATE: THUR | JULY 26 | 6-8 PM | PANEL DISCUSSION
Tickets: Free (No RSVP required)
Panelists will include:
Tecumseh Ceaser is a Native American jewelry artist and cultural consultant. He is of Matinecock Turkey clan, Wamponowag Pokanaoket band, Montauket, and Blackfoot descent. Tecumseh is currently the North American Focal Point for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations, where he advocates for indigenous Americans’ rights to member states, NGOs, and other indigenous nations. He has also provided cultural education to universities, museums, and institutions including the Queens Public Library, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Poppenhusen Institute, and Alfred University.
Harry B. Wallace has served as Chief of the Unkechaug Indian Nation since 1994. He is a licensed attorney in New York State. The Unkechaug people reside on the Poospatuck Reservation on Long Island, New York. Harry is also a New York representative of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and has many leadership roles advocating for natives’ rights, language, and sovereignty.
Donna Gentle Spirit Barron a Matinecock/Montaukett Indian is a published author of five books about the life of her Matinecock Ancestors of Little Neck, and a four year fight to save their ancestral burial ground from being removed for the widening of Northern Blvd. Donna has lectured at the local historical societies of Flushing, Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston, and Floral Park. As well as the Little Neck Library and the Central Library in Jamaica.
She presented a talk in Boston Ma. with special guests the Lowell Indian tribal members. She also shares beading and storytelling events with the Children at Bayside’s Fort Totten and the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Little Neck. Donna is the family historian of her people. And continues the fight for the truth to be told, and to keep herfamily's heritage alive.
Chief Reggie Dances With Medicine Ceaser, Sagamore of the Matinnecock Turkey Clan, descendent of the Waters Hegeman family. His great uncle Walter Robert Deer Foot Hegeman, Sagamore, of the Matinnecock Turkey clan. He also is a descended of Chief John Standing Waters and Chief James Wild Pildjen who were Chiefs of both the Matinecock and Montaukett. Chiefs Reggie has lectured at Universities and historical organizations band is a well-respected member of his Community.
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