This is a Native Non-Native Conference
March 8 – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Light Food & Social Gathering
March 9 – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM – Native Speakers, Lunch, Performance Art
Boise First Congregational Church 2201 W. Woodlawn, Boise 83702
Antoinette Cavanaugh, Duck Valley Reservation
Norm Cavanaugh, Duck Valley Reservation
Claire Manning Dick, Duck Valley Reservation
Louise Dixey, Fort Hall Reservation
Lori Edmo, Fort Hall Reservation
Johanna Jones, Idaho Director of Indian Education
Lindsey Manning, Duck Valley Reservation
Conference Scope: Sharing of tribal histories and contemporary stories of those who live in and traveled through the Boise Valley, both pre- and post-European incursion.
To gather together Native and non-Native peoples in dialogue and conversation, build mutual respect and understanding.
To raise awareness and deepen understanding of Native life and history.
To honor the Boise Valley People’s culture, language, history, and traditions as well as present day life.
To interrupt stereotypes, create narrative change, and reclaim Native Truth.
Present strength-based, opportunity-based testimony; challenge a deficit-based narrative.
To create an environment where healing is possible for communities directly affected by oppression and racism by providing opportunities for individuals, families, and the community to come together to better understand and address implicit bias, racism, historical and current trauma that led us to this moment. Every incidence of hate can be met with an act of beloved community.
Kessler Keener Foundation, Boise First Congregational Church, Boise Co-Op, Boise State University Diversity Center, City of Boise Arts and History, Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Pride Foundation, Whole Foods, and United Vision for Idaho.
Suggested Pre-Conference Training & Reading
Implicit Bias Training for Conference Participants, March 2, 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Boise First Congregational Church, 2201 W. Woodlawn, Boise 83702. As preparation for this Conference, Julie Stevens and Deanah Messenger, Case Workers at Casey Family Programs, will facilitate an interactive discussion about bias, privilege and racial identity. Special attention will given to an exploration of whiteness.
Reading: “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Note: Purchase at Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th Street
Conference Payment Information
Questions? Phone: 208-429-0266 Email: EdKeener@KesslerKeener.org