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Tribal officer Wanda McFaggen to open 'Thursdays from the U' online series

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Wanda McFaggen, the tribal historic preservation officer for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, will open this fall's "Thursdays from the U" weekly lecture series hosted by UW-Eau Claire – Barron County. She will provide an overview of the history of the St. Croix Ojibwe in northwest Wisconsin beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 3 during an online presentation.

Wanda McFaggen

Wanda McFaggen

McFaggan established the St. Croix Tribal Historic Preservation Department in August 2000 for the protection and preservation of cultural, historical and archaeological resources on St. Croix reservation lands. She oversees many areas of importance to the St. Croix band, including archaeological and sacred sites, burial mounds and research into tribal members, history and traditions. She also helps maintain tribal traditions that are in danger of being forgotten.

During her talk McFaggan will address how her work relates to the National Historic Preservation Act and how it informs audiences that may be tribal members, non-native communities or local colleges.

Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the livestreamed presentations, visit the "Thursdays from the U" webpage at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the complete fall schedule and archived recordings.

"Thursdays from the U" is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about the weekly series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at tollefla@uwec.edu or 715-788-6216.