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The Fight for Survival: From the Dakota Uprising to the Right for Citizenship


Monday March 9, 2020: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room


The mid to late 1800's were a turbulent time in American history and a devastating time for Native Americans.  In this lecture we will explore the Dakota Uprising of 1862 to keep from starving, treaties that were made and broken, including the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, and the great victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn and the fall of Custer.  We will close out the 19th Century with the Massacre at Wounded Knee and the virtual end of the Indian Wars.  We will explore the resilience of a people who were continuously knocked down, but always fought back and finally became citizens of the United States.  This lecture will take you up right to the Great Depression and will set the stage for the activism of the 1960's.

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.

The Fight for Survival: from the dakota uprising to the right for citizenship