Answered By: Bruce Gilbert
Last Updated: May 28, 2019     Views: 14

Question: Email question about the upcoming Native American speakers

Next fall Cowles Library will be hosting an exhibit called “Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness" from the American Library Association and the National Library of Medicine ( ). This exhibit will be at Drake from August 15th - September 25th of this year. Alongside this exhibit, there are two associated speakers planned.

One speaker is Linda Black Elk, an Ethnobotanist for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a professor at Sitting Bull College, a tribal university in Fort Yates, ND. She studies Native American medicinal and edible plants as well as prairie restoration and ecology. Additionally, Linda Black Elk attended the recent protests at Standing Rock against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. She also had a medical camp at the protest site where she worked with Western-trained physicians to combine Native healing ways and Western medicine. Along with her presentation, there are plans for Linda Black Elk to host a hands-on workshop in which she makes either lip balms, medicinal salves, or antiviral elixirs with students and the Des Moines community. Linda Black Elk's tentative presentation date is September 17th.

Dr. Joe Coulter, Emeritus Professor from the University of Iowa is our other speaker. Joe Dan Coulter is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma (federally recognized) and currently active in teaching, research/scholarship, and community service in American Indian/Alaskan Native health. He has had multiple leadership roles at the state, local, and national level. Of note, Dr. Coulter was appointed to the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs, State Department of Human Rights. Dr. Joe Coulter's tentative presentation date is September 10th.