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UW-Eau Claire professor to discuss community recognition of Tribal Nations and their land

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Dr. Heather Ann Moody

Dr. Heather Ann Moody will present an overview of the Tribal Nations of Wisconsin and UW-Eau Claire's most recent land recognition statement during her Nov. 19 “Thursdays from the U” talk.

Dr. Heather Ann Moody will present “What Do You Know About Your Neighbors? Recognizing the Native Land and People in Your Community” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s “Thursdays from the U” livestreamed lecture series.

Moody, an associate professor of American Indian studies at UW-Eau Claire and an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, will provide an overview of the Tribal Nations of Wisconsin and UW-Eau Claire's most recent land recognition statement, as well as strategies for incorporating it into your life or professional practice.

Based on personal experiences within UW-Eau Claire and K-12 classrooms in the Chippewa Valley, Moody will offer insights into common misperceptions. She also will provide time to answer any questions you may have in a safe space.

Moody has taught American Indian studies at UW-Eau Claire since 2007. Her work centers around teaching and learning in relation to the incorporation of accurate American Indian curriculum in K-12 schools and beyond. She also works with surrounding school districts to implement Act 31, the state law that requires all students in Wisconsin to be taught about the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the state's federally recognized Tribal Nations.

In addition to her teaching and work with area schools, Moody leads domestic intercultural immersion experiences for UW-Eau Claire students to Native communities and co-advises the university’s Inter-Tribal Student Council.

Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be 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.

The series, which is free and open to all, 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.