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Elder-in-Residence Events and Welcome Feast

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Louise Defender Wilson to campus as the Fall 2019 Elder-in-Residence the week of November 17. The week will feature several key exciting events, including:

Mary Louise Wagmuhawin (meaning "Gourd Woman") is a nationally renowned Dakotah/Hidatsa elder, storyteller and traditionalist enrolled at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of North Dakota. She was honored for her artistry with a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Award, the Bush Foundation's Bush Artist Fellowship and Enduring Vision Award, multiple Native Americabn Music Awards Best Spoken Word Recognitions, the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award from the First People's Fund, the H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award for Human and Civil Rights from the National Education Association, and, recently, the USA Fellows Artist Fellowship.