Community Learning & Practice is presented by KU First Nations Student
Association, the Office of Native Initiatives, and The Commons, to offer space for building understanding. These sessions lead with Indigenous values and practice, including reciprocity, relationship, and reconciliation.


Robert Hicks, Jr, Pyramid Lake Paiute-Yakama-Cherokee
D’Arlyn K Bell, Cherokee Nation  

Kynser Wahwahsuck, Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, Shoshone, Sac & Fox

Tweesna Mills, Shoshone-Yakama-Umatilla Nations

Moderated by Melissa Peterson, Diné - KU Director of Tribal Relations


Each graduate student will present about their research, which spans many disciplines. Afterward, they will be invited into conversation about Native Scholarship and the power that Native Scholars hold, being able to access multiple systems of knowledge.



  • Celka Straughn
  • Matt Downen
  • Xakai Arquette

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