The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to celebrate with the raising of the tribal nation flags of the 12 indigenous tribes of Wisconsin,
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire — Barron County, in Rice Lake, will be hosting an Indigenous Peoples Celebration, on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 12:30-3 p.m. The ceremony is being held to celebrate the permanent display of the 12 tribal nation flags of the 12 indigenous tribes of Wisconsin, which will be raised. The community is invited to participate in any or all of the events planned; masks are required for all attendees.
This Thursday's event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall, Room 234 of of Ritzinger Hall. Dr. Renee Gralewicz, a Brothertown Tribal Elder and Peacemaker, is the featured speaker. Her program is titled “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives.”
At 1:30 p.m., everyone is invited to gather in the commons, located inside the main entrance to the university to hear a drumming ceremony by Lac Courte Oreilles drummers. All attending are invited to enjoy a wild rice and cranberry snack and fry bread as they listen to, what many tribes believe to be, the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
The flag ceremony will officially begin at 2 p.m. with a cleansing of the soul ceremony known as smudging. Gary Wheeler, UWEC-BC Campus Director, will then present the university’s land acknowledgement statement along with an action plan for honoring that statement.