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Unmasking: Who Are We?

An Event to Remember and Raise Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit Peoples. Main Hall Green on Wednesday, May 4, 5:-7:30 p.m.

As we exit from this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are beginning to allow ourselves and others to remove the mask. What changes have we made over the past few years or are we still basically the same person, the same country? Some changes take generations and the past three years have brought us one small step toward justice for indigenous peoples. More people across Turtle Island are aware of the missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit peoples epidemic. Let’s unmask more of indigenous stories that form our identity.

Event Program:

5:00-5:10: Land Acknowledgement

5:10-6:00 PM: Guest Speaker: Renee Gralewicz

6:00-6:30 PM: Drums/Dancers

6:30-7:30 PM: Closing/Art Gallery in Diversity & Intercultural Center *Masks required in the Center*

Main Hall Green-Wednesday, May 4th, 5:00-7:30 PM

Sponsored by: Appleton Area School District, Diversity & Intercultural Center, LUNA, SAASHA, and the Wellness Center

Contact: diversitycenter@lawrence.edu

About the Guest Speaker: Renee Gralewicz

Renee Gralewicz

Aquy! Greetings.  I’m Renee Gralewicz, the daughter of Theresa and Leonard, the granddaughter of Henrietta and Howard. We are members of the Turtle Clan. I’m an enrolled member of the Brothertown Nation and descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. Like many, I hold several titles such as US Army Major (Retired) and Fulbright Scholar, but none more honorable and humbling than Elder and Peacemaker for Brothertown.  I proudly served on tribal council for several years.

My passion for learning sustained me throughout my years of teaching. My research interests always focused on helping make my communities healthier and welcoming to all. The past decade or two I’ve more closely attended to indigenous communities. Since retirement, my energies have been put into understanding, teaching, and sharing information about missing and murdered indigenous peoples. I currently am a member of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2 Spirit Task Force, the MMIW Outreach and Education Coordinator for Waking Women Healing Institute and a Brothertown representative on a Native Northeast Research Collaborative NEH grant.