'Living Standing Rock'
In recognition of Native American Heritage month, Holyoke Community College will welcome Jennifer Edwards Weston of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux on Wed., Nov. 15, 4 to 6 p.m. in the PeoplesBank Conference Room (301/303), Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development.
Weston will talk about the history and experiences of the Standing Rock Sioux and their collaborators in the recent DAPL pipeline resistance in her homelands on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the surrounding area.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by HCC Student Activities and the department of SociologyAnthropology.
Jennifer Edwards Weston is a researcher who has worked for the past two decades with tribal community programs focused on cultural resiliency, environmental justice, education, and language revitalization. She has written for the Lakota Nation Journal, Cultural Survival Quarterly, OurMotherTongues.org, and served as an associate producer for the PBS series "We Shall Remain: A Native History of America," and the Makepeace Productions film "We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân."
Weston also works as a consulting producer for indigenous film and documentary projects. She currently serves as project director for the Wôpanâak language nest, Mukayuhsak Weekuw: The Children's House, and as Language Department Director for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. From 2014-2017 she co-taught a Civic Engagement Scholarship Initiative (CESI) course at UMass Boston entitled "Native American Women in North America: Indigenous Mother Tongues, Leadership and Self-Determination."
Weston is Hunkpapa Lakota and was born and raised on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas, where she has served her tribal government as environmental outreach coordinator and grant writer.