Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to hear from Native American activist and environmentalist Faith Spotted Eagle, who provided Indigenous leadership during the gatherings at Standing Rock and protests against the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

The event, titled “Traditional Leadership from Mother Earth: Standing Rock and the Mni Wiconi Gathering—An Evening with Faith Spotted Eagle (Ihanktonwan Dakota),” will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom.

The Mni Wiconi (“water is life”) was an historic convergence of numerous American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, as well as supporters and onlookers. Spotted Eagle will share the story of the protest and explain how traditional knowledge and beliefs provide a profound and enduring framework for social justice.

A light reception will follow.

This event is free an open to the public. RSVP to or 216.368.7568.

The Social Justice Institute, Native Cleveland and the Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics will co-sponsor the event.

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