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February 21, 2014

Women Warriors guest speaker to visit NSU

TAHLEQUAH — Native American Women Warriors all-woman, veteran, color guard member Arlene Duncan will be speaking at Northeastern State University’s John Vaughan Library on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Duncan is a member of the Chippewa tribe, White Earth Minnesota and became a NAWW member in 2012.

She was previously the vice president of the NAWW, but recently stepped down from that position to serve as the future area director of the District 5 Women Marines Association.

Duncan will share her unique story regarding life as a Native American woman before and after the Marine Corps, as well as her involvement with NAWW.

The NAWW are the first-ever recognized all Native American Women Color Guard. Their purpose is to bring awareness and recognition to not only Native American women veterans, but all women who are veterans; and to honor those from the past as well as the women who are currently serving.

The NAWW strive to assist these women in receiving the help they need.

This can be anything; transitioning from life as a member of the armed forces to being a civilian, housing, education, employment, VA benefits awareness, domestic violence, locating child care. It is essentially a support group to these women and will support them however they need to be supported.

This presentation is sponsored by the NSU Indigenous Scholar Development Center and is held in conjunction with the “Native Words, Native Warriors” exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. This event and all others associated with the exhibit are free to the public.

“Native Words, Native Warriors,” developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, will be on view through April 7. It is devoted to World War I and II Native American code talkers and veterans from over a dozen different tribes.

The exhibit is located on the second floor of the John Vaughan Library at the NSU  Tahlequah campus. The national tour was made possible by the generous support from Elizabeth Hunter Solomon, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, and the AMB Foundation.

For more information on Duncan’s presentation, contact the ISDC office at isdc@nsuok.edu or (918) 444-3042. For more information regarding the “Native Words, Native Warriors” exhibit, visit www.nsuok.edu/native wordsnativewarriors.


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