To Honor Dr. Carlos Montezuma (born Wassaja; 1866 - 1923), Yavapai/Apache
In 1896, Dr. Montezuma established a private medical practice in Chicago. From 1896 to his death in 1923, Montezuma divided his time between his medical practice and his work for the Society of American Indians of which he was a founding member. He devoted much of his time and effort towards improving the plight of reservation Indians while continually highlighting the failures of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the lack of citizenship for Indians, and the general difficulties faced by indigenous people in a post-colonial society. One year after his death, American Indians were granted U.S. citizenship. In honor of Dr. Carlos Montezuma's contributions to Native American culture and history, the Mitchell will host an annual lecture.
Speaker: Ada Deer, Menominee
Ada Deer, Native advocate and scholar, is best known as the first female head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (1993-1997). Ada's distinguished career focused on the protection of American Indian tribal rights and culture. From her humble origins in a log cabin on reservation land, Ada worked hard to advance her education and became the first Menominee woman to earn a Master's degree. Her tireless lobbying resulted in the restoration the Menominee Nation as a federally recognized tribe, and she reached national recognition with the Clinton administration's appointment of her to her government position. Dr. Carlos Montezuma fought hard to protect Native peoples from losing their land, rights and culture. His legend lives on in the dedication and spirit of individuals like Ada Deer.
Date: Wednesday, December 8th
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Location: The Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Cost: $20 for non-members, $15 for members, students, teachers and tribal members
Tickets: Tickets must be purchased at the event
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201