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Posted: November 30, 2020

Indigenous Learning a Spiritual Walk Lecture Series – Nov. 23, 2020

Indigenous Peoples Experience in the United States: 500 Years in 5 Minutes

November 23, 2020, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Via Zoom

  • Meeting ID: 916 3352 0500
  • Passcode: 5GDnFu

Featured Native Education Lecturer:
Laura Harris, AIO CEO

Laura Harris, enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation, has led the national nonprofit advocacy organization Americans for Indian Opportunity for 20 years where she coordinates an international network of Indigenous leaders and organizations. Harris developed the curriculum and implements the award-winning Ambassadors Program, the only national Indigenous values-based leadership training.  Harris is an experienced community engagement facilitator and has provided an AIO-crafted cultural competency presentation, “Indian 101” to hundreds of groups and businesses.

In 1997, President Clinton appointed Harris senior consultant to the President’s Initiative on Race.  Currently, Harris serves on the national boards of the Latin American Working Group and the Native American Hall of Fame. She is elected secretary of the Toyah Band of Comanche and active huutsi (Comanche paternal grandmother) to Madelyn (age 5). 

Synopsis of Presentation

Americans for Indian Opportunity transformational presentation is lauded for its non-victim and no-blame approach to Native American history and culture, analysis of federal/tribal governmental relations and Indian policy, and background on contemporary Native peoples. The training moves audiences —both Native and Non-Native — away from a culture of oppression mentality toward a positive, realistic understanding of the contemporary Indigenous peoples and modern tribal governments of the United States. The program emphasizes the significance of Native American values and resilience.

For More Information

Contact Dr. Daisy Thompson, Senior Director of Indian Education at (505) 362-7935