The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of History will host its fifth annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Lecture on Monday, Oct. 14 in the Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, UW-Platteville, from 6-7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The purpose of the lecture series – begun by Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at UW-Platteville, in 2015 – is to welcome more Indigenous voices to the institution.
The lecture will feature guest speaker Paulette Jordan, the 2018 Democratic candidate for governor in Idaho. A proud member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, Jordan was raised to fight for the needs of her community and protect priceless natural resources. She grew up on a farm in northern Idaho, where she developed a strong connection to Idaho’s land and the people who share it.
Jordan will speak on a number of important issues, including better rural education, wider access to healthcare and stronger economic development and opportunity in Native American and rural communities in Idaho and across the nation.
“Paulette Jordan offers a positive message for community members and university members alike,” said Tesdahl. “She advocates for better healthcare and education in both Native American communities and in farm country.”