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Dakota–U.S. War of 1862 Symposium | 1 Blessing and Introduction
The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862: A Symposium of Remembrance examines the lasting consequences of the violent and divisive war that led to the exile of the Dakota people from their homeland. The program explores the subject from a variety of perspectives, with attention to the role of broken treaties, the effects on the community and Dakota history after the war, memory and multigenerational impacts, efforts at reconciliation and healing, and how cultural institutions address the Dakota War in partnering with the Dakota people. In this segment, symposium moderator Joe Horse Capture welcomes the audience, Dennis Zotigh gives a blessing, and Kevin Gover introduces the program. Joe D. Horse Capture is an associate curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, where he focuses on research and exploring how the museum can use its resources to directly benefit Indian Country. Horse Capture formerly served as associate curator of Native American art for 15 years at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. His academic background is in the art of Native North America, and he specializes in the Great Plains region. A second-generation curator, Joe also served on the Board of Directors of the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History, Fenimore Art Museum. He is the author of several books, including "Beauty, Honor, and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains Indian Shirts" and "From Our Ancestors: The Art of the White Clay People," and has contributed to numerous other publications. Joe is a member of the A’aninin Indian Tribe of Montana. Dennis Zotigh is a Kiowa, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, and Santee Dakota Indian and a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan. A cultural specialist at the National Museum of the American Indian, Zotigh grew up receiving cultural knowledge from his maternal and paternal grandparents, as well as his parents. He further extended his capabilities as a cultural practitioner by learning songs and dances and their significance from Indigenous nations across North America. With this rich foundation, Zotigh became the director of a noted dance company, the Great American Indian Dancers. Zotigh also previously served as American Indian researcher and historian for the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Kevin Gover, a member of the Pawnee Nation, is the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and a former professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). Gover served on the faculty of the university’s Indian Legal Program and was co-executive director of ASU’s American Indian Policy Institute. Before joining the university faculty, Gover served as assistant secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1997 to 2000. A presidential appointee, he was responsible for policy and operational oversight of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where he oversaw programs in Indian education, law enforcement, social services, treaty rights, and trust asset management. The symposium was webcast live and recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on November 19, 2015.
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