Language Matters: How to Talk about Native Nations

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Do you ever feel hesitant when searching for the right language to use to talk about Indian Country? Join us to learn terminology basics!

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**Our event is SOLD OUT on Zoom, but we'll also be streaming the same event on Facebook Live! Please join us there on May 12! RSVP on Facebook using this link.**

Are you interested in taking action to support Native nations? Do you ever feel hesitant when searching for the right language to use to talk about Indian Country?

Join Native Governance Center on Wednesday, May 12 from 3:30-4:30 PM CT for our free virtual event, "Language Matters: How to Talk about Native Nations." The event will provide attendees with an overview of terminology related to Native nations. In addition to covering the basics (what's ok, what's not ok), we'll showcase the wide range of opinions on language and terminology within Indian Country. This event is geared toward beginners and open to all: come with your questions!

The event will take place on Zoom; you'll receive an email with Zoom access details after you register for the event. We also plan to broadcast the event live on Facebook: if Zoom tickets sell out, please join us on Facebook.

This event will be closed captioned on Zoom.

Event schedule:

  • 3:30-3:45 CT: Welcome and terminology basics
  • 3:45-4:15 CT: Panel discussion
  • 4:15-4:25 CT: Audience Q&A
  • 4:25-4:30 CT: Closing

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Dr. Twyla Baker (MHA Nation) and Apryl Deel-McKenzie (Diné) will host the event. Twyla currently serves on the Native Governance Center board of directors and as the president of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College. Apryl is a program manager at Native Governance Center and manages the organization's work with Native nations.


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Panelists:

Bryan Pollard (Cherokee): Bryan Pollard is the Associate Director of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). He currently serves on the board of directors for High Country News and is an advocate for Native representation in media.

Margaret YellowBird (MHA Nation): Margaret YellowBird is a Cohort 9 Rebuilder. She's passionate about Indigenous language revitalization and works for MHA Nation's Education Department.

Wizipan Little Elk (Sicangu Lakota Oyate): Wizipan Little Elk is CEO of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), the economic arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He recently wrote an article titled, "Time to Stop Using the Word Tribe."


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We are grateful to our event sponsors! Their support makes it possible for us to bring free events to the community.

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