Faculty and resource people will be added below as they are confirmed.
Jennifer Arnold grew up Mennonite in northern Indiana. Jennifer has lived several places. In West Virginia she did home repairs. In Pennsylvania she ran a food pantry for refugees and in North Carolina she taught elementary school. Currently she calls Atlanta, Georgia home. In May she will graduate with her Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology. In her free time she loves running, cooking, and listening to podcasts.
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.
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.