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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will host “The History of U.S. Federal Indian Policy and Contemporary Nation Rebuilding” with Marisa Cummings at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Cummings is a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa. She will use her family’s timeline to illustrate the impact of policy on individuals, families and communities.

She also will discuss contemporary issues in native communities as they relate to healing generational trauma and connect to nation rebuilding.

 “The audience will gain a better understanding of the history of U.S. Federal Indian Policy and Law and its impact on native communities today,” says Cummings who is Director of Native Student Services at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

Cummings earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from University of Iowa and a certificate in American Indian/Native Studies. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from University of Minnesota, Duluth.

She has worked in higher education for more than 12 years and has served her people as a Chief Administrative Officer for the Omaha Tribe. She is dedicated to indigenous traditional models of governance, education, food systems, ceremonies, sacred site protection and sovereignty. Cummings resides in Sioux City. She has four children: Lauren 25, Brianna 19, Darius 18, and Nia 15.