Faculty and resource people will be added below as they are confirmed.
T. Marie King
T. Marie King is an activist for the new millennium mixing art, empowerment and social justice. King travels leading seminars and speaking on understanding bias, healing and reconciliation, and community engagement. King has spoken to over 100 groups and organizations touching youth, college students and adults. King holds a B.A. in Urban and Global Economic Development from Beulah Heights University and Masters in Leadership and a Masters of Divinity from Luther Rice University.
Mathai is a Professor at Gujarat Vidyapith, the university founded by Gandhi in Ahmedabad, India. He is former Dean of Gandhi Research Foundation and former Professor and Director at the School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, M.G. University, Kerala, India. He is author of Gandhi’s Worldview and an editor of Gandhi Marg. Mathai is a well-known speaker in the East and the West, and he recently spoke at the signing of a peace pledge between some 400 members of rival gangs in Monterrey, Mexico.
Sherri (Penobscot Nation) is the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of Indigenous land and water rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life.
Prior to forming the Land Peace Foundation, Sherri served as a law clerk to the Solicitor of the United States Department of Interior, as an Associate with Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan Law Firm, as a civil rights educator for the Maine Attorney General’s Office, and as the Staff Attorney for the Native American Unit of Pine Tree Legal.
Born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation (Penawahpskek), she speaks and teaches around the world on issues of indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change. Her broad base of knowledge allows her to synthesize many subjects into a cohesive whole, weaving together a multitude of complex issues and articulating them in a way that both satisfies the mind and heals the heart.
Yazmín is a Mayan singer from Peto, Yucatan. She began her artistic career at the age of 14, singing at festivals in and around her town, such as in Tzucacab, Xoy, Dziuche Quintana Roo, and Chumayel. After finishing high school, she set music aside to focus on college, getting a degree in Social Communication from the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences at the Autonomous University of Yucatan.
She then went on to study a Master's Degree in Sociolinguistics at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Cochabamba Bolivia. During this time she developed new ways of seeing and working with music to relate it to processes of linguistic and cultural resistance. She began to compose music in Mayan and perform at local venues. Her current music is completely in Yucatec Maya and is part of various local resistance movements, that are in the defense of territory, healthy land, local production, such as maize farming, and local wisdom.
Darlene is a Dakota elder, pipe keeper, and sun dancer. She is also a gardener. She is a former Instructor at the Institute for Dakota Studies, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College. Darlene is steeped in Dakota philosophy, culture, language, history, and environment. Her work emphasizes the importance of oicimani (relationship) and the contribution that Dakota culture makes to life on this planet.
Laura Ramnarace, M.A. was driven to earn a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution while on her quest to find out why we can’t just all get along. She has published a book on inter-personal conflict, Getting Along: The Wild, Wacky World of Human Relationship and published a newspaper column also titled Getting Along. Since 1999 she has provided training to a wide variety of groups on improving personal, working, and inter-group relationships. Her novel Sung Home, a work of eco-fiction set in southwestern New Mexico, is currently being serialized by Rebelle Society.
Edward Charles Valandra is Sicangu Titunwan/Oceti Sakowin Oyate who was born and raised in his homeland, the Great Sioux Reservation. He received his BA from Minnesota State University - Mankato, his MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his PhD from State University of New York-Buffalo. Dr. Valandra has been involved in Native affairs, having served one four-year term as a legislator in his nation’s governing body, was his nation’s representative on the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative (ITBC) board of directors, and he also served on his nation’s seven-member Constitutional Task Force.
Edward is the founder of the Community for the Advancement of Native Studies (CANS). His organization promotes the application of research and study for all aspects of liberation and sovereignty with respect to Native Country and his research focus is the national revitalization of the Oceti Sakowin Oyate, the disciplinary development of Native Studies, and the development and use of community-based participatory research in Native communities.
Edward is also the Native Studies senior editor for the Living Justice Press, a small non-profit publisher specializing in restorative justice and harms between peoples. He is the author of Not Without Our Consent: Lakota Resistance to Termination, 1950-1959 and he continues to publish on matters promoting Native sovereignty and restorative justice. Dr. Valandra’s current role is the Academic and Professional Development Studies Dean at Saint Francis Indian School.