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Julia White Bull, Class of 2015

Julia White Bull obtained her master of arts degree in Indigenous Studies from the University of Kansas in 2015. Julia is also known by her Lakota name, Tawačíŋ Wašté Wíŋ, and is a proud alumni of Haskell Indian Nations University, graduating in 2010 with her bachelor of arts degree in Indigenous Studies. Julia is passionate about education, specializing in the study of matrilineal societies, Indigenous legal studies, Indigenous matrilineal theory, violence against Indigenous women, and the Lakota language. She currently teaches American Indian History, Ethics in the Workplace, and Indian Art History at Oglala Lakota College on the Cheyenne-River Sioux Tribe reservation. Julia also works at the Cheyenne-River Sioux Tribe Public Defender’s Office.

Julia White Bull and her two children at Little Eagle, South Dakota, powwow in June 2017.Julia currently lives in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, with her two children. In her spare time Julia likes spend time traveling to powwows with her children, beading, sewing, and teaching the Lakota language.

While a graduate student at KU, Julia was asked to step in as the First Nations Student Association club president. She found it to be an empowering experience, with duties ranging from organizing events like the educational and awareness panel “Shadows of Education” to planning the annual KU powwow to organizing the Indigenous Empowerment Summit along with the Haskell Indian Nations University empowerment club. Her main role was organizing cultural events and inviting guests to empower students through education, storytelling, music, and cultural activities.  

Julia’s future plans are to continue working as an adjunct instructor at Oglala Lakota College and eventually work full time in the history department. She wishes to share the following words of inspiration with the new graduates of the Indigenous Studies Program: “Good luck in your future endeavors, wherever the road may take you!”


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Indigenous Aesthetics in Visual + Performing Art
Tuesday, March 26 | 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Lied Center Seymour Gallery
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

"MEKKO" Showing and Filmmaker Q&A with Sterlin Harjo
Wednesday, March 27 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS 66044
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Dwelling Build – Wichita Grasshouse
Construction begins Thursday, March 28 and continues through Tuesday, April 2
Lied Center, University of Kansas
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
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Indigenous Community Building through the Arts
Thursday, March 28 | 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
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Cider Gallery Opening and Live Painting with Steven Grounds
Friday, March 29 | 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, KS 66044
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Steven Grounds Artist Talk and Reception
Sunday, March 31 | 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
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"Inherent Innovation: Evolving Woodland Attire" MFA Thesis Exhibition by Jodi Webster
March 31-April 4
Gallery hours: Sun.: 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Mon.-Thur.: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Fri.: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Closing reception April 4 | 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Chalmers Hall Art & Design Gallery
1467 Jayhawk Blvd.

Haskell College and Career Fair
Thursday, April 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Coffin Sports Complex, Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Ave., Lawrence, KS
Contact Angelina Adams at 785-830-2775 for more information

Nataanii Means Performance
Friday, April 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Lied Center, University of Kansas
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
Tickets: $25 for adults, $14 for students/youth
Order tickets online at www.lied.ku.edu or by calling the ticket office at 785-864-2787

KU FNSA Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival
Saturday, April 6 | 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Free and open to the public
Tipi dedication to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Volunteer for the powwow and ICF, including the grasshouse build

April NFSC Meeting
Friday, April 12 | 2 p.m.
Location TBA
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Native Faculty & Staff Council Snack and Chat
Tuesday, April 23 | 5 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs classroom
University of Kansas
Topics TBD
Snacks provided; all KU faculty, staff and students welcome

Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Gathering
Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28
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Join Indigenous Elders as they share their Native American culture and explore tradition and cultural issues at this annual gathering
All are invited
Register online by Friday, April 19
Hosted by the Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Foundation, 501(c)3
For more information, call 785-477-9306 or visit www.fhwisdomkeepers.org
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May NFSC Meeting
Friday, May 10 | 2 p.m.
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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.
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