Iowa City Mayor Pro Tem Mazahir Salih has proclaimed the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month in Iowa City. Iowa City now occupies the homelands of Native American Nations including the Iowa, Meskwaki, and Sauk.
The foundations of this country are built upon contributions from Native American Nations. Early Americans modeled U.S. democracy after the Iroquois Confederacy, which also influenced the writing of the United States Constitution. Countless Native Nations helped desperate early settlers learn to survive on this land whose geography and agriculture was foreign to them. From the Code Talkers of World Wars I and II to Mary Golda Ross, the first female Native American rocket scientist, the efforts of countless Native American scholars, athletes and spiritual leaders continue to shape our lives and the path of this country.
The proclamation was submitted by the University of Iowa’s Native American Student Association. The proclamation can be read here.
The State Historical Society of Iowa, the University of Iowa Native American Council, and the University of Iowa Native American Student Association are sponsoring a lecture by Stephanie Bad Soldier Snow, "Coming Home: Food Sovereignty and Healing Trauma," to be held this Thursday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. The lecture will discuss this history, historical trauma, individual trauma, and healing. Stephanie Bad Soldier Snow celebrates her Meskwaki and HoChunk ancestry by working to raise awareness through social activism and advocacy. She is a trained anthropologist and cultural consultant as well as a talented singer, poet, and dancer. She currently works for Meskwaki Workforce Development as Education Coordinator. Please register in advance at: https://bit.ly/2Yum0vg.