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Native American Heritage Month
2021 Celebration

Monday, November 1, 2021 12:00 PM - Tuesday, November 30, 2021 1:00 PM

Please join the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), Geisel Student Government, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE), and the Office of Alumni Relations in celebrating Native American Heritage Month all November long.

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Virtual Keynote Speaker: The History of Violence against Indigenous Women and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Movement 
11/03 7:00 pm EST

Aminah Ghaffar is a Lumbee and Black activist from Pembroke, NC. She studied Biology at East Carolina University, where she also competed as a pentathlete, heptathlete, 400-meter hurdler, and still holds the school record in the heptathlon. She studied Physiology and Biophysics with a concentration in Integrative Medicine at Georgetown University.Aminah Ghaffar Aminah is an advocate, and focuses most of her advocacy on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, and culturally competent holistic methods to treat historical trauma in marginalized populations. She uses her website,, to create content that addresses social justice, finding common humanity between marginalized populations, creating allyship, and misconceptions about Southeastern Indigenous culture. She is also the co-founder of The Coalition for Black and Indigenous Solidarity, a board member on the North Carolina MMIW Coalition, and working as a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocate at the NC Commission of Indian Affairs. She is the primary researcher for Breaths Together for a Change, an Indigenous-centric meditation program.

Virtual Dartmouth Native Perspectives
11/09 7:00 pm EST

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about Native Americans at Dartmouth with Professor N. Bruce Duthu: From the original charter to what the future holds for our Indigenous communities!

Professor N. Bruce Duthu is the Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American & Indigenous Studies at Dartmouth College. An internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy, Professor Duthu joined the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth in 2008. He served as Dartmouth’s Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies & Interdisciplinary Programs. Duthu earned his BA degree in religion and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his JD degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, Duthu was Professor of Law at Vermont Law School where he also served as the law school's Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and as inaugural director of the VLS-Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) Partnership in Environmental Law. He served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, the universities of Wollongong and Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, and the University of Trento in northern Italy.

Professor Duthu is the author of SHADOW NATIONS: TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND THE LIMITS OF LEGAL PLURALISM (Oxford University Press 2013) and AMERICAN INDIANS AND THE LAW (Viking/Penguin Press 2008) and was a contributing author of Felix S. Cohen's HANDBOOK OF FEDERAL INDIAN LAW (2005), the leading treatise in the field of federal Indian law. His co-edited special volume of South Atlantic Quarterly, Sovereignty, Indigeneity and the Law, won the 2011 CELJ (Council of Editors of Learned Journals) award for Best Special Issue. He co-produced the documentary feature film, Dawnland (2018) that focuses on state removal of Indian children from their families. In 2019, Dawnland received an Emmy award for Outstanding Research. Duthu has lectured on indigenous rights in various parts of the world, including Russia, China, Bolivia, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Professor Duthu is an enrolled tribal member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana. He and his wife, Hilde Ojibway, have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

In-person Herbal Medicine: History, Culture, and Modern Therapeutics:
11/11 4-6:00 pm EST Vail 118
As a Naturopathic doctor and Penobscot native, Jus Crea will coverJus Crea cultural and historical practices of herbal medicine in the Northeast. We will also discuss clinical applications of herbal medicine in modern integrative practices. Ethical harvesting practices, medicine making, and dosing will be taught with a hands on component. Participants will be able to make an elderberry immune syrup that they will be able to take home.

Raised with her Penobscot culture and Native American spiritual practices, Dr. Jus Crea realized the healing powers of nature at a young age. Rich with ancestral knowledge of healing, medicine, and midwifery, Dr. Jus Crea received a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport and a BS in Ethnobotany and Holistic Health from UMass, Amherst. She has also been trained as an auricular acupuncture detox specialist at Lincoln Hospital, WTS therapy for restorative healing as well as Indigenous Midwifery with Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming. Dr. Jus Crea has lectured extensively on healing, ethnobotany, midwifery, naturopathic medicine, environmental medicine, and her cultural history and traditions. She was previously an adjunct professor of Nutrition at Springfield College and Pathology at STCC as well as a primary care physician in Brattleboro VT. Dr. Jus Crea has been practicing Naturopathic Family Medicine at The Integrative Health Group in Springfield MA since 2005. She is passionate about cultural healing practices and works towards reclamation of her Wabanaki traditions, spiritual practices, and language.

In-person Session on Combining Western and Tribal Medicine 
11/29 TBA

Details to follow.

Virtual Fry Bread Cooking Class
11/30 7:00 pm EST

Fry bread was created by the Navajo Nation over 150 years ago and is made using simple pantry ingredients. The history of this traditional Indigenous bread is grounded in a challenging past but is now seen by some as a sign of the perseverance of Native peoples in the United States. Today, it is commonly made on reservations, at powwows, and in homes of Indigenous families across the US. Come join us as we make frybread and learn about the history of how it came to be! Please be sure to RSVP to the event before 11/18 to ensure that you receive the ingredients for your fry bread. If you are joining us from outside the Upper Valley, make sure to prep your own dough before the event. A recipe will be provided. 

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Zoom links for virtual events will be sent to your email after you complete the registration form.

Contact: Please contact Bridget Connolly at for any questions or issues regarding registration.
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