We hope you will join us on Thursday, Sept. 14, for our monthly membership meeting at the SEIU building, 3340 W. Douglas, in Wichita, Kansas. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30. A short business meeting follows.
Our presenter, Alicia Gangone, will speak about the reclamation of Indigenous Identity, establishing relationships within a human and non-human world, and navigating complex tribal values and practices in an Urban Indian setting.
About Alicia Gangone
Alicia Gangone is a Master’s graduate student in the Criminal Justice Program at Wichita State University. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2022 with a Master’s in Indigenous Studies with a focus on Indigenous Environmental Justice. Gangone received her Undergraduate degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2015 and 2013. She spent her youth among relatives of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota. Gangone has been living in Wichita for the last year and working within the American Indian community. She participated as a volunteer council member for the Wichita All-Nations Powwow Council. She spends her off time with her husband Jaryd Porter and her dog Chief.
“Be a Better Relative: Cultural Reconnecting as an Urban Indian”
Mitakuya Oyasin “All My Relatives”
At the end of every prayer, we are taught to end with Mitakuye Oyasin. It is our way of acknowledging the world and its relationship to our spirit. It connects us to our past, grounds us in the present, and reminds us to leave behind a better world for our future. It reminds us of the sacrifices our relatives made for us to be here today.