Have you ever wondered about the history of the land that you are on? Do you understand the impacts of colonialism on the land and Native Nations? Do you want to do more than just acknowledge the land? Join Aldrich staff and community members for this workshop led by Forge Project Director of Education Heather Breugl. She will lead the group through the history of Federal Indian policy that led to land loss and provide 5 steps on how to create a land acknowledgement that does more than just putting words on paper. Learn how to create a land acknowledgement that is living and full of action.
Heather Bruegl, a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first line descendent Stockbridge Munsee, is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Inspired by a trip to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a passion for Native American History was born. She has spoken for numerous groups including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the College of the Menominee Nation. She has spoken at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Indigenous Peoples Day 2017. Heather also opened and spoke at the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan in January 2018. She also spoke at the first ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC in January of 2019. In the summer 2019, virtually in 2020 and in 2021, she spoke at the Crazy Horse Memorial and Museum in Custer, South Dakota for their Talking Circle Series. She has also become the ‘’accidental activist’’ and speaks to different groups about intergenerational racism and trauma and helps to bring awareness to our environment, the fight for clean water and other issues in the Native community. A curiosity of her own heritage led her to Wisconsin, where she has researched the history of the Native American tribes in the area. She is the former Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and now serves at the Director of Education for Forge Project. In addition to that she also currently travels and speaks on Native American history, including policy and activism.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum acknowledges that it rests on the ancestral homelands of Wappinger and Munsee Lenape Peoples. Through forced removal the Wappinger and Munsee Lenape people had to leave their homelands and travel to other parts of United States. The Wappinger joined with the Mohican Nation and the Munsee Lenape people moved into Indian Territory and Canada. These nations today are known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community located in Bowler, Wisconsin, the Delaware Tribe of Indians located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Delaware Nation at Moraviantown, in Thamesville, Ontario and Delaware Nation located in Anadarko, Oklahoma. While these Nations are no longer located on their homelands, The Aldrich is determined to make sure that their history and stewardship of this land is not lost. This acknowledgement is but a first step in righting wrongs and bring awareness to the histories of these nations. The Aldrich honors the Wappinger and Munsee Lenape Ancestors, past and present and commits to creating a more inclusive and equitable future.
Heather Bruegl, Historian
Citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first line descendent Stockbridge-Munsee