Tsiorasa Barreiro ’00, an Akwesasne native and executive director for tribal operations of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne, Franklin County, was recognized as a community leader and presented with the Cornell New York State Hometown Alumni Award Oct. 27.
Sean Sherman, James Beard Award-winning chef and founder and CEO of The Sioux Chef, shared his research and insights on indigenous food cultures at Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Audrey O’Connor Lecture Sept. 5. An Oglala Lakota born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Sherman co-wrote the acclaimed cookbook, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.”
Seasoned documents and artifacts are starting fresh digital lives through the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, which is funding seven projects this year. Chosen from 15 applications, the Akwe:kon Press, an online collection of publications run by Cornell’s American Indian Program (now the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program or AIISP) from 1984 to 2002, was selected. Jolene Rickard (history of art, AIISP) leads the project in collaboration with Urszula Piasta-Mansfield (AIISP) to disseminate and promote Native American and indigenous voices and perspectives within and beyond academia.
Tara Mac Lean Sweeney, a prominent Alaskan leader and acclaimed businesswoman with the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, was sworn in as the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Sweeney was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in October 2017. Sweeney, a member of the Native Village of Barrow and the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, is the first Alaska Native and only the second woman in history to hold the position.
Professor Denise Green collaborates with Indigenous peoples and uses body-scan technology to create traditional Nuu-chah-nulth inspired wedding dress.
Jul 22, 2018
This wedding gown is a collaborative design by Denise Nicole Green and Haa'yuups (who also holds the names Chuuchkamalthnii and Ki-ke-in, among many other indigenous names, and the English name Ron Hamilton), and was created for Naasquuisaqs (who also holds the names Ha'wilthmachiilth and Chakwasikwilthim, and the English name Shaunee Casavant) to wear during her marriage to Tl'aakwakumlth ("Tony" Michael Anthony Hanson). The crests were designed by Haa'yuups and represent the wealth of the two families brought together through the marriage: the repeating dorsal fins are a reference to the name Chakwasikwilthim "Dorsal Fin Woman," a name that came from Naasquuisaqs's maternal great-great-grandmother, Puunii-ii (Polly). Puunii-ii was a Hiikuulthat-h woman of status who had the right to the dorsal fin of any whale caught in her territory. The copper heraldry at the front of the dress represents the name Tl'aakwakumlth, which translates to "covered in copper wealth."
Marcos Moreno is a public health advocate and medical researcher. Marcos is a Native American, who is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe from the Pascua Yaqui Reservation in southern Arizona. Marcos is the first person from the Pascua Yaqui Reservation to graduate from an Ivy League University.
It will be an exchange program unlike any other. In winter 2019, three Indigenous students from Wilfrid Laurier University and three Indigenous students from Syracuse University in New York will trade places physically but come together to create Indigenous curriculum content. A team developed the vision of a curriculum development project that would see students working with academic and community mentors. Syracuse University became the primary partner and the University of Buffalo (State University of New York), Cornell University, Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford and Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool, New York, also came on board to offer the students resources and mentors.
Congratulations to the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Cornell University on its successful partners with Wilfrid Laurier University, Syracuse University and SUNY, Buffalo and grant application with the 100K Strong in the Americas. The project, Indigenous Mobility and Curriculum Across Borders, seeks not only to increase mobility of Indigenous Students in Canada and the United States, but has a potential to enhance student and faculty opportunities in the field of Indigenous Studies by building instructional support and capacity, and strengthening a community of scholars deeply engaged in teaching and learning about Indigenous knowledge systems.
Sharice Davids J.D. ’10 is hoping to make history on election night. Running for Congress in Kansas’ third district, if elected, Davids would be the first female Native American representative in Congress and the first openly gay representative from Kansas.
“I didn’t realize that there hadn’t been a Native women in Congress,” Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin, said. “I was kind of blown away by that, actually.”
“I mean, it’s 2018,” Davids added. “We’re still having firsts?”
While the historic nature of her electoral victory did not factor into Davids’ decision-making, she did acknowledge the historical significance of her campaign.
Six colorful charmeuse silk banners hang from a balcony over the foyer of the Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Nevin Welcome Center. The banners are part of a new exhibit, “Quiet Labor,” featuring naturally dyed textiles, garments and artwork by students and local artists who contribute to the Cornell Natural Dye Studio, organized by Denise Green ’07, assistant professor of fiber science and apparel design in the College of Human Ecology.
“Quiet Labor” opened Feb. 7 and will run until June 25.