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Turtle Island Confederacies: Relationships and Balance

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February 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Roots of Democracy Series
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Democracy flourished on the North American continent well before any of the American founding fathers were born. Around 800 CE, the Three Fires Confederacy of the Anishinaabe and, later, between 1450 and 1660 CE, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy were established as models of participatory democracy, sustaining peace and cooperation between Indigenous people for many generations.

Join the Wisconsin Academy via Zoom for a Roots of Democracy Series discussion with three First Nations scholars who will explore the conditions that gave rise to these two confederacies and the lessons we can learn from their approaches to democratic principles. This online discussion and Q&A is open to the public with advance online registration (Zoom information is provided upon registration).


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The Roots of Democracy series is funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wisconsin Humanities strengthens the roots of community life through educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation and individual imagination.
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Richard Monette is a Professor of Law at the UW-Madison Law School and director of the Great Lakes Indian Law Center. He is a former chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and served as director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Bureau of Indian Affairs during Bill Clinton's presidency.

Margaret Noodin is a Professor of American Indian Studies, Associate Dean of the Humanities, and Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at UW-Milwaukee.

Rebecca M. Webster is an enrolled citizen of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin and an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in their American Indian Studies Department, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in their Tribal Administration and Governance programs.

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