Recorded Session: A History of Native American Activism

Recorded On: 10/15/2021

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Session Description

A History of Native American Activism is a Recorded Live Session of the 2021 AASLH Online Conference.

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.  For many years Native Americans were forced 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, M.A. Director of Education at Forge Project
Heather Bruegl, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first line descendant Stockbridge Munsee, is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Inspired by a trip to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a passion for Native American History was born. She has also become the ‘’accidental activist’’ and speaks to different groups about intergenerational racism and trauma and helps to bring awareness to our environment, the fight for clean water and other issues in the Native community. A curiosity of her own heritage lead her to Wisconsin, where she has researched the history of the Native American tribes in the area. She served as the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community in Bowler, Wisconsin, before recently becoming Director of Education for the Forge Project in Taghkanic, New York. In addition to that she also currently travels and speaks on Native American history, including policy and activism.
Twitter: @heatherbruegl


RECORDED DATE: October 15, 2021

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