Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Location: online via Zoom
Trainer: Heather Bruegl
A Conversation with Heather Bruegl on Teaching About the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in the Hudson Valley
Join Southeastern NY Library Resources Council and Teaching the Hudson Valley for a conversation with Heather Bruegl, Director of Education for the Forge Project Fellowship Program, on the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in the Hudson Valley. She is also formally the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community. The program will conclude with a discussion with educators and librarians on how best to restore Indigenous presence in the classroom and public programming.
CTLE Credit available. Registration required.
We are happy to provide this event to attendees at no cost.
About the speaker:
Heather Bruegl, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first line descendent Stockbridge Munsee, is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Inspired by a trip to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a passion for Native American History was born. She has spoken for numerous groups including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of the Menominee Nation, the Kenosha Civil War Museum, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. She has spoken at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Indigenous Peoples Day 2017. Heather also opened and spoke at the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan in January 2018. She also spoke at the first ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC in January of 2019. In the summer 2019 and virtually in 2020, she spoke at the Crazy Horse Memorial and Museum in Custer, South Dakota for their Talking Circle Series. She has also become the ‘’accidental activist’’ and speaks to different groups about intergenerational racism and trauma and helps to bring awareness to our environment, the fight for clean water and other issues in the Native community. A curiosity of her own heritage led her to Wisconsin, where she has researched the history of the Native American tribes in the area. She is the former Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and now serves at the Director of Education for Forge Project. In addition to that she also currently travels and speaks on Native American history, including policy and activism.