A History of Native American Activism and Policy
Wednesday September 18, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
From the very beginning the United States has dealt with Native Americans with a series of policies and treaties. Most of the policies were aimed at assimilation and forced Native Americans to live by standards set by the United States. But with the formation of the American Indian Movement, they started to fight back. Learn about the beginnings of the American Indian Movement and the organized protests that they led including the Occupation of Alcatraz and Wounded Knee. And also learn how the activism of the 1960's lives on today and how we are dealing with issues in the Native community today.
Heather Bruegl, inspired by a trip to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, quickly developed a passion for Native American History. Curiosity for her own heritage led her to Wisconsin, where she has researched the history of the Native American tribes of that region. Heather is a graduate of Madonna University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. She currently travels and lectures on Native American history, including policy and activism. In addition to lecturing, Heather is now the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of the Mohican Indians in Northeast Wisconsin.