IWU to Hold Native American Issues Discussion

January 9, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Illinois Wesleyan University will host a presentation titled “Native Americans & Social Justice: National and Local Perspectives” with Dr. Richard Braunstein and Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin as featured speakers. The event will be held on Monday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington) and is free and open to the public.

Braunstein is an associate professor at the University of South Dakota, as well as director of Graduate Studies. He also holds joint appointments to the Department of Political Science and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership.  As an active participant in the ongoing study of American Indians in the criminal justice system, he has consulted with the South Dakota Governor’s Office, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office and the State’s Unified Judicial System in an effort to help reform structural and procedural factors effecting equal justice in the state.

Eastin holds a master’s degree in theology and Christian education from Methodist Theological School in Delaware, OH, and a master’s in counseling psychology from Illinois State University. She is the founding director of the Return to Pimiteoui Pow-Wow, the executive director of Seven Circles Heritage Foundation in Edwards, Ill., and serves as the pastor of the Native American Fellowship-Dayspring United Methodist Church in Peoria, Ill. Eastin is of Lakota and Yakima heritage, and since 1989 has continuously worked to develop Native American community projects in Central Illinois.

For additional information, contact professor James Simeone at (309) 556-3126 or jsimeone@iwu.edu.

Contact: Sehaj Sethi, (309) 556-3181