Past Events

An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Virtual Event

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The new Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience and Multicultural Student Programs and Services present a reading and moderated Q&A with Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States and the first Native American to hold the position.

The Initiative's inaugural event is presented in partnership with the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame and is part of Walk the Walk Week, which runs from Feb. 22–28. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned poet, musician, performer, and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays and children's books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior: A Call for Love and Justice. Harjo is the exec­u­tive edi­tor of the anthol­o­gy When the Light of the World was Sub­dued, Our Songs Came Through — A Nor­ton Anthol­o­gy of Native Nations Poet­ry and the editor of Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project, an interactive story map and audio collection featuring Native Nations poets. 

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Panel Discussion: "Reparations and Reconciliation at Notre Dame: Opening and Framing the Discussion" 

January 22, 2020

The Mediation Program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies hosts a panel discussion on reparation and reconciliation at Notre Dame and beyond. The panelists will include diverse speakers from the University and the South Bend community, with ample opportunity for audience participation.The discussion will explore the requirements for reconciliation, such as truth-telling, acknowledgement of harm, and different kinds of reparation.

The event is part of Walk the Walk Week at Notre Dame

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Susan D. Page, Visiting Professor of the Practice, Keough School (moderator)Panelists include: 

Debra Stanley, Executive Director, Imani Unidad Inc.

Marcus Winchester, Director, Language and Culture, Pokégnek Bodéwadmik (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)

Brian Collier, Director, American Indian Catholic Schools Network

Savanna Morgan, senior student and spokesperson, End Hate at ND

Laurie Nathan, Professor of the Practice of Mediation, Kroc Institute

Co-sponsored by: 

  • Black Faculty and Staff Association
  • Center for Social Concerns
  • Department of Africana Studies
  • Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Institute for Educational Initiatives and Native American Initiatives
  • Provost Office, Academic Diversity and Inclusion


Revisions: Contemporary Native Art

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February 2-May 18, 2019

This exhibition focuses on strategies of revision, reuse, and appropriation in contemporary Native art. The participating artists—who hail from diverse backgrounds, tribes, and generations—share an interest in the circulation and reconfiguration of forms over time, across space, and between cultures. Some address the appropriation of Native culture by settler society, while others repurpose found objects, images, and texts from tribal history, family archives, and popular culture. In media ranging from print to textile to video, their works reflect on and reshape issues of inheritance, colonization, authenticity, and the politics of representation.

Revisions: Contemporary Native Art brings together objects from the Snite Museum collection and selected loans, including works by artists from the local Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Other artists include Rick Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot), Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Choctaw and Cherokee), Elisa Harkins (Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek)), Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish and Kootenai), Marie Watt (Seneca), and Melanie Yazzie (Diné (Navajo)). The exhibition is anchored by the large-scale installation Peelatchiwaaxpáash/Medicine Crow (Raven) and the 1880 Crow Peace Delegation by Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke (Crow)).

The guest curator organizing the exhibition is Frances Jacobus-Parker, a Princeton University Ph.D. Art History candidate, with the assistance of Larissa Nez (Diné), Notre Dame Class of 2019.

All events will take place in the Snite Museum of Art (O’Shaughnessy Galleries I, II, & III)

(Pictured Right) Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke (Crow), b. 1981), enit, 2010. Six-color lithograph on paper with chine collé archival pigment ink photograph. Acquired with funds provided by the Humana Foundation Endowment for American Art. 2011.030.007. © Wendy Red Star.

Peter MacDonald, Sr. - Navajo Code Talker, World War II 1944-1946 and Former Leader of the Navajo Nation

Peter Macdonald

November 14 

At the age of 15, Peter MacDonald, a Navajo from Teecnospos, AZ, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He went through boot camp at U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, CA. Following regular combat and communication training at USMCB in Camp Pendleton, CA, MacDonald along with other Navajo Marines, was selected from other Marines for top secret Navajo Code School. During the final phase of World War II (1944-46) MacDonald served in South Pacific as Navajo Code Talker and North China with the Sixth Marine Division.

He was honorably discharged with a rank of Corporal. He went back to his home community of Teecnospos, AZ. After graduating from High School and Junior College in Muskogee, OK, MacDonald went to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree (BSEE). He pursued graduate studies at UCLA while working as a Project Engineer on the Polaris Missile project for (Howard) Hughes Aircraft Company. MacDonal served as Project Manager for the manufacture of the Polaris MIssile Guidance System and was a member of the elite Hughes Technical Staff (MTS).

MacDonald served as Chairman of the Navajo Nation from 1971-1983 and 1987-91. MacDonald was re-elected to the Office of the Chairman four times - unprecedented in Navajo history. MacDonald is co-founder of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT), the National Tribal Chairman Association, the American Indian National Band and the Native American Prep School. 

Among his many honors are: Recipient of Congressional Silver Medal for heroic service to the nation as a USMC Navajo Code Talker; University of Oklahoma Engineering Hall of Fame and Special Commendation by U.S. President Richard M. Nixon for "exceptional service to others". In addition, MacDonald was featured in TIME magazine as one of 200 "Rising Leaders of America" in 1974.

He is married--has five children and nine grandchildren. Currently he lives with his wife, Wanda, on the Navajo reservation at Tuba City, AZ. MacDonald is presently President of the Navajo Code Talkers Museum and Veteran Center to honor Heroes of WWII; whose unique legacy, from 1942 thru 1945 helped win the war; transmitting top secret messages in every major battle in the pacific theatre. Navajo Code was the only military code in modern history never broken by an enemy.


Early Co-Sponsors include: Modern Languages and Cultures, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, American Indian Catholic Schools Network, Native American Initiatives, Native American Student Association at Notre Dame, and Staff Diversity and Inclusion

Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Location: TBD



We acknowledge our presence on the traditional homelands of Native peoples including the Haudenosauneega, Miami, Peoria, and particularly the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik / Pokagon Potawatomi, who have been using this land for education for hundreds of years, and continue to do so.