Graduates United by Indigeneity

Who are we?
Graduates United by Indigeneity (GUI) is a student club developed by students who engage in Indigenous Studies. GUI is committed to promoting Indigenous scholarship and actively engaging in our local community. Indigenous and non-Indigenous students come together in the club to promote individual and collective success of each member. GUI is collaborative and supportive of the First Nations Student Association. We highly value group support -- GUI members have presented at and attended various conferences at KU and beyond to promote Indigenous research and scholarship. Another core value of GUI is community engagement, and we require volunteer efforts from each member. 

Members of Graduates United by Indigeneity and First Nations Student Association pose with Baby Jay during Homecoming Week.

Congratulations, 2019 GUI Graduates!
We are proud to announce the graduation of Matt Bowman, Thaius Boyd, Rain Charger, Shane Lynch, Tweesna Mills, and Kaitlin Stanley. 

Matt Bowman is graduating with a master's in Indigenous studies and has been accepted into the University of Iowa Art History where he will continue his Ph.D. in American art, working on inclusion of North American Indigenous representation in American art from the 19th century to 1945.

Thaius Boyd is graduating with a Professional Science Master's in environmental assessment and has been accepted into the University of Minnesota Medical School where he will provide compassionate patient-centered care and environmental practices to improve health for all. 

Rain Charger is graduating with a master's in Indigenous studies. While at KU he has greatly contributed to bringing Indigenous research efforts to the forefront of conversations through his filmed podcasts, "Representing Indigeneity at KU."

Shane Lynch is graduating with a master's in Indigenous studies and has been accepted into the University of Kansas American Studies Ph.D. program, where he will continue researching decolonization, Indigenous Digital Humanities, and Indigenous Intellectualism. 

Tweesna Mills is graduating with a master's in Indigenous studies and has been accepted into the University of Kansas Film and Media Studies master's program where she will continue her interdisciplinary approach on Indigenous rights and activism through film in Indigenous Digital Humanities.

Kaitlin Stanley is graduating with a master's in anthropology and a graduate certificate in Indigenous studies. She has received the Hall Center for Humanities Fellowship to work with the Lawrence Public Library to archive digital histories. She will continue as the public engagement and programs assistant at the Watkins Museum of History, too.

Conferences (Attended and Presented at)
NAGPRA Essentials Seminar, 2019, Norman, OK
University in the Art Museum: Technology and Collaboration, 2019, KU
Stories from the Land Symposium 2019, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
American Indian Studies Association: The Knowledge of Our Ancestors, The Strength of Our Communities 2019, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Digitizing Indigeneity, 2019, KU
Alliance in the Arts Through Universities: Food and Place 2019, James Madison University, VA
Digital Frontiers Symposium 2018, KU
Digital Humanities Symposium: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholars Program 2019, KU

Volunteer Efforts and Community Engagement
Fall Welcome Back Powwow 2018, Haskell Indian Nations University
Keeping Legends Alive Powwow 2018, Haskell Indian Nations University
KU Indigenous Cultures Festival and Powwow, 2019
KU Food Pantry, 2018/2019
Spencer Museum of Art Day of Creativity, "Tracing Our Heritage" activity, 2019 

Members -- Spring 2019
President: Tweesna Mills
Vice President Maddie Long
Treasurer: Sarah Hixson
Matt Bowman
Thaius Boyd 
Rain Charger
Tobin Jennings
Shane Lynch
Kaitlin Stanley


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"A Suffragette in America: Reflections on Prisoners, Pickets and Political Change" lecture by author Katherine Connelly
Author Katherine Connelly will discuss E. Sylvia Parkhurst's 1911 visit to Haskell Indian Nations University
Wednesday, June 26 | 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Parker Hall, Room 110
Haskell Indian Nations University, 155 Indian Ave.
Free and open to the public
Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event

2nd Annual Young Professionals Powwow + Trade Show and Convention
Wednesday, July 17 | Conference: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Powwow: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. 6th St.
Lawrence, KS
Dancing and signing competitions for 18- to 35-year-olds
Conference registration $25-$35, includes lunch, resume-building, professional headshots, networking, prizes, educational workshops, and more.
Powwow is free and open to the public

We-Ta-Se 25th Annual Veteran's Powwow
Saturday, September 28 | Grand entries at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Traditional supper at 4:30 p.m.
Prairie Peoples' Park, 154th and M Road
Mayetta, KS
All veterans welcome, free and open to the public

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