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WFU celebrates "Women of Proud Nations" at American Indian conference


January 8, 2007

Wake Forest University will host a four-day conference titled “Celebrating Women of Proud Nations:  Creating & Sustaining Hope for American Indian Women & Their Families” Jan. 18-21 in Benson University Center.  The conference will open at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 with a cultural evening that is free and open to the public.  Registration for the remainder of the conference is limited and costs $150 for the general public. 

The conference, which will focus on strengthening education, spirituality, health and entrepreneurship among American Indian women and their communities, will include cultural events, large group sessions, focus groups and workshops with American Indian community leaders and scholars from numerous Southeastern and other tribal nations.

An American Indian Expo, featuring American Indian arts, crafts and cultural information on spirituality and religious dialogue, personal health, entrepreneurship and education trends, will also be held during the conference on the fourth floor of Benson University Center.  Admission to the expo is free and open to the public.

The conference will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 with a reception followed by literary readings, storytelling and music at 8 p.m.  Guest artists include internationally acclaimed poet and musician Joy Harjo (Muskogee-Creek), Barbara Locklear (Lumbee), Rose Revels Winfree (Lumbee) and Paula M. Nelson (Eastern Band of Cherokee).

On Jan. 19, the conference will continue at 9 a.m.  That day the topics for the general assembly, workshops and focus groups will concentrate on “Taking Spirituality

and Health to Heart.”  The evening will conclude at 7 p.m. with a ceremony honoring American Indian women elders, veterans and leaders who have contributed to promoting the American Indian culture through leadership and service.

On Jan. 20, “Strengthening Families through Education and Economic Development” will be the theme.  Workshop topics will include “Infusing American Indian Art and Culture into the School Curriculum” and “How to be Successful in Your Own Business.”  The conference events will begin at 9 a.m. and end with a banquet and keynote address at 7 p.m.  The keynote speaker will be Elder-in-Residence Henrietta Mann (Southern Cheyenne), president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College located on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla. 

The closing session, Jan. 21, will begin at 9 a.m. with a final general assembly titled “Women of Proud Nations: Moving Out and Moving On.” 

Conference fees are $150 general admission; $75 for American Indian elders and non-Wake Forest students.  Scholarships and group rates are available by contacting Ulrike Wiethaus at (336) 758-7190.  Wake Forest students and faculty can attend workshops for free; evening events cost $47 for faculty, $42 for students.  Certificates of attendance for continuing education credit are available for attendees for $10. 

For a complete conference schedule or to register, visit the Web site www.wfu.edu/humanities/celebratingwomen.  For information, call (336) 758-5359.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Acclaimed poet and musician Joy Harjo will perform during the conference's opening event Jan. 18.
Acclaimed poet and musician Joy Harjo will perform during the conference's opening event Jan. 18.
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Henrietta Mann, president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, will be the keynote speaker Jan. 20 at the "Celebrating Women of Proud Nations."
Henrietta Mann, president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, will be the keynote speaker Jan. 20 at the "Celebrating Women of Proud Nations."
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