Landri James, an enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Mayetta, Kansas, is a Haskell Indian Nations University alumnus and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied behavioral sciences.She specializes in community health and development and is supplementing her degree with and Indigenous Studies minor. Landri's also the current president of KU's First Nations Student Association, which has allowed her to contribute directly to the enhancement of the American Indian experience at KU. She established a partnership with the Lied Center of Kansas, the first of its kind for the First Nations Student Association, and gained valuable experience in community outreach, community engagement, advocacy, and diverse resource acquisition. During the organizational process for the First Nations Student Association to host their Annual Spring Powwow at the Lied Center, she also assisted in the development of cultural education programming for diverse and mainstream groups, and learned how multiple entities such as tribes, academic entities, and other agencies can work toward a common goal. Additionally, Landri served on KU's first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group during the 2015-2016 academic year. The group was charged with identifying and reporting patterns of intolerance and discrimination to the chancellor and interim provost/executive vice chancellor, in addition to determining necessary actions that would allow the University to combat these issues. Landri is currently a practicum student at the University of Kansas Medical Center's Center for American Indian Community Health and the Lawrence Douglas County Housing Authority. She volunteers as a program aid and advisory board member for KU's LEAD UP program that focuses on youth development for minorities interested in pursuing higher education. Landri plans to continue her work by applying to the Indigenous Studies master's program at the University of Kansas. The program's adherence to her academic and career interests, which is actively contributing to the betterment of American Indian communities physically, emotionally, and spiritually, has influenced her greatly in her final decision.
Dine (Navajo) Ethnobotany Presented by Visiting Native Scholar Arnold Clifford, Ethnobotanist
Thursday, April 27 | 2:30 p.m.
Wescoe 1007, KU campus
Sponsored by Haskell Indian Nations University K-INBRE Visiting Scholar Program, KU Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies programs, and Climate Change and Indigenous Communities EPSCoR Project
Understanding Free Speech on a University Campus
Tuesday, April 25 | 7 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall
1340 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS
Indigeneity and Contemporary Art Featuring HOCK E AYE VI Edgar Heap of Birds and Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds
Wednesday, April 26 | 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Brosseau Center for Learning, Spencer Museum of Art
Visiting artist Edgar Heap of Birds and scholar Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds deliver two lectures on contemporary Native art. Edgar, named a Distinguished KU Alumnus in 2014, discusses native public art and studio practices, and Shanna, instructor at the University of Oklahoma, focuses on the landscapes of Kent Monkman.
Sponsored by the Hall Distinguished Professor in American Culture endowment, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of American Studies, Indigenous Studies Program, and Spencer Museum of Art
11th Annual AIHREA O.N.E. Pow Wow
Friday, May 5 | Grand Entry 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 | Grand Entry 1 p.m.
Johnson County Community College Gymnasium
Overland Park, KS
Haskell Commencement Pow Wow
May 19-20 | Times TBD
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