Previous Programs

Each of these events furthered Notre Dame's interest in developing programing related to Native American histories and cultures, and each guest is a top member of their field.


  • Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Ph.D. (Hopi), Hopi Runners and the Race to Modernity in the American West 1890 - 1930, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 30, 2016
  • John Low, J.D., Ph.D. (Pokagon), Imprints: The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi and the City of Chicago , Author & historian, March 16, 2016
  • Marcus Winchester (Pokagon), The History of the Potawatomi People, Director of Language and Cultures Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi, November 16, 2015
  • Sacramento Knoxx (Ojibwe / Anishanaabe), Hip-Hop Artist, Performance and discussion, November 6, 2015


  • Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Ph.D. (Hopi), A View from the Trail: Photgraphs of a Hopi Footrace, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 12, 2015 
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Culture of Conquest and Doctrine of Discovery: The United States as a Colonial Settler-State, Author & historian, March 18, 2015
  • Sterlin Harjo (Seminole), This May Be the Last Time Film screening & artist talk, Filmmaker, February 19, 2015
  • Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip), Project 562: A Community Talk, Photographer, October 27, 2014



  • Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), Numbers that Don't Add Up: Indian Country in the Age of Austerity, 2013-2014 Atwood Journalism Chair at University of Alaska Anchorage, April 17, 2014
  • C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, Ph.D., A Curious Removal; Or, How a Native Woman in the 1950's Fought Christopher Columbus and Daniel Boone in Washington DC and Won, Illinois College, April 1, 2014
  • Stephanie Fryberg, Ph.D. (Tulalip), From Stereotyping to Invisibility: The Psychological Consequences of Using American Indian Mascots, Social psychologist, March 25, 2014
  • Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Ph.D. (Hopi), Hopi Footraces and American Marathons: 1912-1931, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 13, 2014



  • Cathleen Cahill, Ph.D., Marie Bottineau Baldwin: Activism & the First Native Woman Lawyer, University of New Mexico, April 4, 2013
  • Elaine Nelson, Ph.D., The Politics of Performance: Race and Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West, University of Minnesota, Morris, April 4, 2013
  • Marie Watt, Snite Museum Artist Talk, February 20, 2013
  • Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian Film Screening, February 19, 2013



  • Sam McCracken (Assiniboine/Sioux), General Manager of Nike N7
  • Kimberly Blaeser (Minnesota Chippewa), poet and essayist
  • Earl J. Waits (Wind River), U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Joseph Marshall III (Sicangu Lakota), fiction and non-fiction author
  • R. David Edmunds (Cherokee), historian
  • Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi), historian
  • William (Willy) Bauer (Wailacki and Concow of the Round Valley Indian Tribes), historian
  • Film screening of Grab, hosted by director Billy Luther (Navajo, Hopi, Laguna Pueblo)


  • Christina Snyder, from Indiana University-Bloomington, gave the DeSantis lecture on Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America (2010), about slavery and Native Americans in the South.
  • Musical performance by Grammy Award and 12 Time Native American Music award winning artist; and Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy, Joanne Shenandoah has fulfilled the promise of her Native American name, Tekaliwah-kwa, (She Sings).
  • Musical performance by Grammy-winning recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class accomplished flute player, Bill Miller.
  • Grammy Award-winning recording artist, performer, songwriter, and activist Bill Miller discussed the present and future impact of Native Americans on American politics.
  • NASAND (Native American Students Association of Notre Dame) hosted a conference that will explore strategies for Native American student success. Please click here for more information about the conference.
  • Reading by O. Henry Prize Winner Eddie Chuculate (Muscogee Creek and Cherokee) from his debut collection, Cheyenne Madonna.
  • NASAND hosted Big Star, a Potawatomi Pokagon drum group, and bonfire on Holy Cross Hill.
  • Lecture on Indian mascot issue and the intersection of art, hate-related vandalism, and anti-Indian sentiment during a 2009 art exhibit at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign by Robert Warrior (Osage), director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Presentation on designing skate decks by artist Todd Harder (Creek/Shoshone), who is also the founder of All Nations Skate Jam.
  • Discussion of contemporary urban Indian priorities and challenges with Joe Podlasek (Ojibwe), executive director of the American Indian Center of Chicago.
  • Lecture on Native Americans as Exhibits by Scott Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), director of the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies.
  • Film screening of "Four Sheets to the Wind" and discussion with film maker Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)