termination to determination: a digital dialogue by Azhadaaziikowe (the way the clouds are moving)
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About the Event
During our fourth maskihkiy monday, Nelda will share her personal story of surviving the termination era, and her subsequent journey through trauma and recovery. Nelda's story of determination and survivance after her reservation was terminated in 1954 demonstrates how our tribal ways offer wisdom and wellness as we bring healing to ourselves, our families, and our communities. Nelda’s story teaches us how we can take the difficulties and challenges put in our life’s path and transform them into medicine. All are welcome.
Azhadaaziikowe (the way the clouds are moving) Nelda Kapishkowit Goodman is from the Menominee Indian Reservation of Wisconsin on her father’s side. Nelda’s mother was an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Tribe of Wisconsin. Nelda’s father was from the Bear Clan, and her mother was from the Wolf Clan. Nelda raised 10 children, and has been married for 40 years to her Ojibwe husband from the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Nelda has 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren with one on the way this month! Nelda attended the University of Minnesota from 1986 to 1991, majoring in American Indian studies with an emphasis on the Ojibwe language. Nelda began her career as an Indian Child Welfare advocate. She then worked on her reservation as a research assistant for the Native American Indian Graves and Repatriation Act. From there, she moved to Minneapolis and went on to work in various social service agencies for over 20 years. Nelda is currently the Elder in residence at the American Indian Family Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota.
congruent with traditional protocols, maskihkiy mondays are pay-what-you-can with 100% of offerings going directly to the kihtehayah sharing in the current session. sessions are otherwise unfunded. hay hay & chi miigwetch to our kihtehayak for sharing out of generosity & love for our communities.