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American Indian History Program

Date: 
October 9, 2021 - 3:00pm4:00pm
Location: 
Oak Park River Forest Museum
129 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
United States
Description: 

"What Does Equity and Justice Look Like for American Indian People Today?," will be the topic of a presentation by Dr. Dorene Wiese at OPRF Museum on Saturday, October 9 at 3 p.m. Dr. Wiese will give a broad overview of the many Native tribes who have called Cook County home and the many tribal members who still live in the area today. Dr. Wiese will also speak about the importance of American Indian music and dance, which were forbidden in America not so long ago. 

Dr. Dorene Wiese is an enrolled White Earth Ojibwe and the founding president of the American Indian Association of Illinois and CEO of NAES, Inc. (formerly NAES College). She served as an Illinois Community College administrator for over 20 years and founded the first Adult Literacy and Learning Center for American Indians in the state. She has spent a lifetime advocating for urban American Indian education and health. She was the first American Indian to be appointed to the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems board, serving as the Chair, Human Resources for this multi-billion dollar non-profit. Wiese also serves as the artistic director for the Black Hawk Performance Dance Company, the oldest American Indian dance company in Chicago.

Tickets for this program are $7 or $5 for members. Space is limited, so you must register in advance. Visit our online store to purchase tickets on our website or call the museum at 708-848-6755 to reserve your seat. All events are subject to change based on current public health guidelines.