The Indigenous Women’s Alliance (formerly NASA) presents the Native Heritage Walk to honor notable Indigenous activists from around the world. We welcome dialogue about any of our honorees or the issues noted. As you enjoy our exhibit, please join us in acknowledging the Ohlone people, whose land we continue to occupy.
Film Screening of Reel Injun
Come to a film screening of Reel Injun. From Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists—including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and the late Russell Means traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to the present day.
American Indian Film Festival
Please join the Indigenous Women’s Alliance for the 37th annual American Indian Film Festival on November 10, 2012, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco. The festival features over 70 films by filmmakers and young Indigenous people from the United States and Canada. For complete details and the festival line-up, please visit the AIFI website: American Indian Film Festival. For information on car pools to the festival, please email Indigenous Women’s Alliance, email@example.com.
Women Ensuring the Future of: The Next Seven Generations
How will we guarantee a sustainable future for the next 7 generations? Three Native women, Patricia St. Onge (Haudenosaunee), Pennie Opal Plant (Yaqui/Choctaw/Cherokee) and Esther Yazzie-Lewis (Navajo) demonstrate what Native women are doing in their communities and in collaboration with others to protect our environment.
Patricia St. Onge is the founder of Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching. She is of Haudenosaune and Quebecois descent.
Patricia brings over thirty years of experience leading and working with foundations, nonprofits and public sector agencies. She provides transitional consulting, and interim leadership. In addition, she offers coaching, training, consulting and technical assistance in the areas of community organizing, social justice advocacy, organizational development, and cross-cultural effectiveness. Ms. St.Onge is lead author of “Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders” published by Fieldstone Alliance. A member of the Bay Area Indigenous Grandmothers, Patricia serves as Chair of the Trustees for Common Counsel Foundation in Oakland and a Trustee of the Board for Funders for LGBTQ Issues. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Human Services and Master of Divinity.
Between them, she and her life partner Wilson Riles have six daughters, four sons and daughters in-laws and six grandchildren. As a family, and with friends and colleagues, they are creating “Nafsi ya Jamii” (The Soul Community) a retreat/renewal center and urban farm in East Oakland CA.
Pennie Opal Plant, Yaqui/Choctaw/Cherokee, has been rising up for the next 7 generations for over 30 years. Her focus is is to ensure a viable future for those yet to come and has included nuclear weapons, Native American rights, the wars and climate change. She is also the owner of Gathering Tribes, a Native American gallery store in Albany, CA.
Esther Yazzie-Lewis grew up south of Farmington New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation. Her early western schooling was at the Navajo Methodist Mission, Farmington, New Mexico. Esther learned the meaning of hard work at an early age by herding sheep and cattle ranching on her father’s ranch. Esther’s first public employment was with the Navajo police department as a radio dispatcher, police officer, and police clerk in 1971. In 1975, Esther was employed by the Window Rock, AZ - District Court as a Deputy Court Clerk and later as a Probation Officer.
In 1979 she entered the University of New Mexico to pursue studies in the area of political science, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1985. At the same time she did free lance interpreting in the Federal Courts. Esther completed her Master’s in Public Administration and in 1999 completed American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Esther co-authored the Navajo/English Legal Glossary, published by the United States District Courts (1984) and co-authored The Navajo People and Uranium Mining (2006).
Esther has given service to many local, national and international justice, and court initiatives, such as: Board member to the Southwest Research and Information Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico and part-time staff to the National Center for Interpretation testing, research and policy, University of Arizona with the Navajo Interpreters Institute. Esther was founder and director of the ADine Spiritual Land Recovery Project@, that focuses on Navajo youth leadership. She is a member of the Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum, Gallup, New Mexico. She has served as a resource person to the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, New Orleans, Louisiana. She has worked in conjunction with The National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, Washington, D.C. She has served as a spokesperson on Native American issues nationally and internationally. She has served as a member on the Diversity Advisory Committee with the Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C. She has also served as a member of the Justice and Women of Color Committee, National Consortium of Task Forces and Commissions on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts. Currently Esther Yazzie-Lewis is employed as the only Official Navajo Court Interpreter for the United States District Courts, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Esther is married, and the proud parent of five children three sons, two daughters, and five grandsons and three granddaughters.
Dinner Honoring Native Heritage Month
Come and enjoy the company of the Mills community and a mouth-watering Native American spread!
This event is cosponsored by Bon Appetit.
Come and join Gayle Burns who will lead two beading classes (second one on November 27th). Gayle Burns, Prevention Case Manager and a Native American Aids Project team member for almost 10 years was selected as a 2009 KQED Local Hero for her long dedication to the Native Community in the Bay Area!
This is a children-friendly event!
Mills College Heritage Months are supported in part by the Ethnic Studies Fund. To learn about and donate to the Fund, please click here: Ethnic Studies Fund. Many thanks for your generosity in support of Ethnic Studies and students of color at Mills.
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