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Tuesday, August 31
Starts at 6:30 PM
The Museum is pleased to welcome Pam Silas, Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement for Northwestern University’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, who will present a program that explores contemporary Native Americans living in Illinois today. This free, zoom webinar, sponsored by Illinois Humanities, will be held on Tuesday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m.
The presentation will explore issues about how the public learns about and sees Native Americans and some of the misconceptions, demographic data, topical issues that the community has prioritized, common values, opportunities to engage, and resources such as readings, and institutions and community organizations where participants can learn more will be shared.
Over the past 25 years, Silas has been a recognized Native American leader. She has successfully led regional and national Native American and other non-profit organizations. Silas has a Bachelors in Science in Economics from DePaul University and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). An enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin and descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, her career experience is embedded with her connections and trainings influenced by Native culture and community. Silas was recently appointed by Governor Pritzker to serve on the newly created Illinois, Native American Employment Plan Advisory Council and has provided volunteer leadership to other public and tribal initiatives, including Chicago’s Low Income Housing Trust Fund, Council on Women, Community Development Advisory Council, Working Mother Magazine, Multicultural Women’s Initiative, and the Menominee Indian Tribal Gaming Commission.
Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, IACA, our partnering organizations, or our funders.