Chi-Miigwech to all our presenters for
Women & Water Coming Together Symposium 2018
Grandmother Josephine Mandamin is a member of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge and founder of the annual Women’s Water Walk in 2003.
Grandmother Margaret Behan is a member of The Grandmothers of the White Buffalo Lodge and is also one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, a group of elders who “…represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come.” She is an Arapaho/Cheyenne who is also known as “Red-Spider Woman”, and is an author, poet, playwright, artist, and a substance abuse counselor.
Winona LaDuke is a world renowned indigenous rights activist, environmentalist, economist, and author. She lives on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate for Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket. A Harvard graduate, she is known as a voice for Native American rights and economic and environmental concerns across the globe. To this end, she has helped develop such organizations as Honor the Earth, the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and the Indigenous Women’s Network.
Pat McCabe, known as Woman Stands Shining, is a Dine’ (Navaho) Grandmother, Holy Surface Walker, Life-Bringer, and Life-Bearer, dedicated to upholding the deep Honor of Being Human Being, in service to the Holy Hoop of Life. She hopes her work through song, story, art, visioning, ceremony, and inquiry can bring about global healing by fostering a commitment to create a Global community which reveres planetary well-being and the re-membering of joyous and harmonious existence for all life on Mother Earth.
Activist, Protector of Water, Educator, Keeper of Native Traditions, and award winning Traditional Powwow Dancer, Oralann is a member of the Menominee Tribe and The Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge. She has been talking the talk and walking the walk for many years. Her Spirit name is Yellow Thundercloud Woman, and she is not afraid to speak out in a loud voice against injustice and harm to Mother Earth. This was shown when she along with other tribal members and Grandmother Josephine Mandamin organized a protest of the Back Forty Mine.
Mark Denning is a teacher, lecturer, artist and head dancer and leader of the Oneida Dancers. He has devoted himself to changing stereotyped visions of Native Americans. Mark has lectured about Native American life and demonstrated the power of traditional dance to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and the Virgin Islands. He provided voice-over narration for the American Indian wing of Milwaukee's public museum. Born in Neopit, a small village on the Menominee Reservation in northern Wisconsin, Mark has been a traditional Native American dancer since the age of 17. He also serves as director of Southeast Oneida Tribal Services.
MILDRED “TINKER” SCHUMAN Tinker’s Native name is Migizikwe, or Eagle Woman. She is a Tribal Elder, Healer, Grandmother, Pipe Carrier, teacher, poet, published author, and artist living on the Lac du Flambeau reservation in Northern Wisconsin. She attended the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and has a creative writing degree and a BA in Education.
Kateri Baker, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first generation descendent of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. My Oneida name is Yakotshanunihati, meaning, “She goes along happy.” I am turtle clan and was raised by my Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, and the Oneida Community.