STATEN ISLAND, NY – Staten Island OutLOUD is promoting its special series, which will take place online on its Facebook page, on three consecutive Sundays this fall: September 26, October 3 and October 10.
In what translates to online dialogues, listen to Native Americans from across the country discuss vital issues in their communities and creative solutions in three videos for the National Endowment for the Arts “The Big Read.”
The presenter, Staten Island OutLOUD, will post the videos on his Facebook page (Staten Island OutLOUD) at noon.
To view the videos, you must have a Facebook account, which is free and easy to set up.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Award-winning investigative journalist Stephanie Woodard of St. George will host the series, which includes:
September 26: Innovative but traditional tribal restoration and housing projects, with Guy Reiter of the Menominee Indian tribe of Wisconsin and Wizipan Little Elk of the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota.
October 3: Pandemic Youth Programs, with Julie Garreau from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, and Tahlia Natachu from Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico.
October 10: Right to vote for some of our most isolated citizens, with Barb and OJ Semans from Rosebud.
During each video broadcast, Woodard will also read excerpts from “American Apartheid: The Native American Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion,” his book chronicling over 20 years of reporting in Indigenous communities.
Throughout fall 2021, Staten Island OutLOUD will feature over 20 additional events as part of NEA’s Big Read, to celebrate “An American Sunrise,” by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo from the United States. She is the first Native American writer to be so honored.
The NEA created The Big Read in 2006 to expand understanding of the world and communities through the joy of sharing a good book.
Staten Island OutLOUD is a community reading and performance project launched shortly after the 9/11 tragedy. Since then, it has nurtured cross-cultural awareness with over 900 free events – readings, spoken word performances, public dialogues, etc. – in 21 languages.
Over 350 Woodard articles on Indigenous topics have been published in Indian Country Media Network (Indian Country Today), In These Times, Yes !, Preservation, billmoyers.com, nbc.com, 100 Reporters, Huffington Post and others. publications.
On each of the three successive Sundays, a new online program will be released with Indigenous community leaders from across the country, who will discuss issues vital to Indigenous communities and their innovative approaches to children and youth, COVID-19, rights. voting and other critical concerns. .
Each new event will appear on the Staten Island OutLOUD Facebook page at noon ET on Sunday September 26, Sunday October 3 and Sunday October 20 at www.facebook.com/StatenIslandOutLOUD.