Storytellers and Contributors

Storytellers
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Emmy May

Survivor

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Chy

Survivor

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Dirk Whitebreast

Survivor

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Melvin Lee Houston

Boarding School Survivor

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Mike Her Many Horses

Historian and Executive Director Oglala Sioux Tribe

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Leonard Thompson Jr.

Treaty Rights Defender

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Linda Eagle Speaker

Ceremonial Elder in Residence

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Tall Paul

Song Writer, Performing Hip Hop Artist, Spitter

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Joseph Marshall III

Historian and Storyteller

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Dorene Day

Traditional Healer, Singer, and Member of the Ojibwe Nation

Cultural Experts
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Melissa L. Walls, PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. | Bois Forte and Couchiching First Nation Anishinabe

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Dr. Anton Treuer

Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of 14 books. | Ojibwe

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Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings

Director, Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center | Choctaw Nation

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Lester Johnson III, Ed.D.

Vice President of Workforce Development at Blackfeet Community College | Blackfeet

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Richie Plass

Drummer, Curator Bittersweet Winds | Menominee & Stockbridge-Munsee

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Tara Houska

National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal rights attorney, a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, and a Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign | Ojibwe

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Don Coyhis

President and Founder of White Bison, Inc | Mohican Nation

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Rachel Yehuda

PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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Vanessa Goodthunder

Generation Indigenous Youth Ambassador and Language Instructor

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Rick McArthur

AIM - Legal Services

Public Speakers
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Jesse Ventura

Media Personality, Former Minnesota Governor and WWE Hall of Famer

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President Barack Obama

44th President of the United States.

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Betty McCollum

U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district, serving since 2001.

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Keith Ellison

U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2007 and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2017.