SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff University will host an evening devoted to Native American Family Restoration, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, in the Saint Francis Center of the Stark Student Center on the Briar Cliff campus. This free public event is sponsored by BCU’s Department of Social Work and the Four Directions Center, Sioux City.
The evening will begin with a complimentary buffet-style dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Stark Student Center by reservation only at 712-279-5417. Transportation from Four Directions at 613 Water Street to the event at Briar Cliff will be provided by the Sioux City Community School’s Title VII/JOM Project. Free childcare for event attendees will be provided at the Four Directions Community Center by BCU students and Native Youth Standing Strong.
At 6:30 p.m., keynote speaker, Frank LaMere, noted social and political activist, will co-present with Ms. Judy Yellowbank “Reflections on 10 years of Honoring Lost Children,” followed by a panel discussion.
Member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, LaMere is considered the architect of the movement to stop the illegal flow of alcohol from Whiteclay, Neb., to the Pine Ridge, S.D., Indian Reservation, where the sale of alcohol is illegal. He is widely recognized for building community collaboration for child welfare matters in Woodbury County, Iowa. Yellowbank, Four Directions Community Center program coordinator and member of the Winnebago Tribe, was instrumental in the planning of the first Memorial March to Honor Lost Children in 2003.
At 7 p.m., Sandra White Hawk, Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud, S.D., Indian Reservation and founder and director of First Nations Repatriation Institute, will facilitate “For Our Children’s Children – Being the Parents We Once Were,” a workshop on the positive outcomes of parenting classes at Four Directions Center.
At 7:45 p.m., Indian Child Welfare expert Sherri Eveleth, an attorney in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHS), will present “Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act.”
At 8 p.m., the program will conclude with “Perspectives from the Department of Human Services,” an overview by Tom Bouska on the history of the Native Unit and community ties strengthened since it opened a decade ago. Bouska is the service area manager for the Iowa DHS for Western Iowa. For more information on these workshops, email Heather.Craig-Oldsen@briarcliff.edu.
On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the 10th Annual Memorial March to Honor Lost Children will begin with a program and rally from 9 a.m. to 11 at the Marina Inn, South Sioux City, Neb. Following the rally, the march will commence from the Marina Inn, crossing the bridge over the Missouri River to the Anderson Dance Pavilion in Sioux City.
The march will continue to the Woodbury County Courthouse, where Frank LaMere and the Four Directions Community Center will hold a noon news conference at the Woodbury County Court House. After the press conference, marchers will proceed to DHS and then to the Four Directions, where a memorial prayer service for lost children will be held. With questions on the memorial march, news conference and memorial service, please contact the Four Directions at 712- 252-0811.
Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. For more information, please visit briarcliff.edu.