Keynote Speakers

    Sally WagnerDirector of the Matilda Joselyn Gage Museum, and Professor at Syracuse University spoke to a group of our 4th and 8th grade students.  Dr. Wagner spoke of the influence the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women had on the Women’s Rights Movement.  She spoke about the status Native women had in their society, which promoted their counterparts to question their treatment and status within their own society.  Recognizing this vast difference women in American society began to vocalize their discontent and mobilize their efforts to gain voting rights.


    Donald Grinde: Professor with the University at Buffalo, spoke to our 7th and 8th grade students about the use of Native American stereotypes used as mascots.  Dr. Grinde expressed it goes through trends the use of these images but the owners and league reluctance to stop using the mascots because of the loss of millions of dollars of revenue
    Neil Pattersondirector of Tuscarora Nation’s environment program, spoke with our 7th grade students about the relationship between people and the environment.  He began with the story of Sky Woman and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Creation Story.  He noted how important it is to recognize what nature can give and how people need to realize its limitations. 


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    John Kane: activist and radio talk show host of “Let’s Talk Native”, spoke with our 7th and 8th grade students, about perspectives in American history regarding Columbus, and the celebration of Thanksgiving.  He urged the students to question what is expressed in textbooks and to look for other points of views in history.

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