Our Host, Jaclyn Roessel was born and raised on the Navajo Nation and serves as treasurer on the Board of Director with Whisper n Thunder. Our guests are Dr. Laura Tohe who is an Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University as well as an accomplished poet, writer, and librettist. Her 1999 book, No Parole Today was awarded Poetry Book of the Year by the Word craft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers. Dr. Tohe will read a select number of poems from her book which share her boarding school experience.
Adrienne Keene will be discussing her dissertation research regarding how cultural identity impacts the academic achievement of American Indian students while pursuing higher education. Cherokee, Keene is most well-known for the being the founder of the blog Native Appropriations which discusses the impact of the representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more.