This series is taught by Elizabeth Rowan Keith, a professor of Native American Studies. We will watch a film about each topic and have a discussion on how these pieces of our past have created the world we know today. Each session qualifies for 3.0 hours General CEU’s, certificates available at class. Sponsored by the Dept. of Teaching and Learning with St. Louis Park Public Schools.Monday, September 25, 6-9pm, Trail of Tears: This was the U.S Government's first organized and illegal removal of Native people from their homelands to land established as Indian Territory. Learn the legal, social and economic implications of then and now.Monday, October 9, 6-9pm, Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: An infant survivor of the Wounded Knee massacre is adopted by an Army officer and his wife as a "living curio." Follow her story and participate in a discussion about the history and result of Native children adopted away from their birth people. We will also discuss other actions such as the Indian Child Welfare Act.Wednesday, October 25, 6-9pm, Black Indians: Native American identity and identification are pressing issues. Learn how identity and expectations shape education, career and personal development of Native people. Through video, lecture and discussion, we will explore the complicated question: Who is a Native American?Monday, November 20, 12-3pm, Our Spirits Don't Speak English: We will look at the history and present circumstances of the boarding school movement, including the cultural ramifications then and now. Explore the U.S. policy that separated families, altered Native cultures and formed individual identity.Friday, December 1, 12:30-3:30pm, Incident at Oglala: Learn about the 1975 conflict at Pine Ridge and the deaths of two FBI agents resulting in the conviction and incarceration of Leonard Pettier. We will discuss details of the case, why it is important today among Native people, how the circumstances are viewed internationally and how it continues to affect U.S./foreign relations.