Convocation: Carly Bad Heart Bull
Carly Bad Heart Bull is Bdewakantunwan Dakota and Muskogee Creek, and a proud citizen of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. A lawyer, Dakota preschool and kindergarten teacher, and child welfare advocate, Bad Heart Bull has been instrumental in promoting the well-being of Native communities in her region. As the Native Nations activities manager at the Bush Foundation, she is advancing Native self-determination. With her twin sister Kate Beane, Bad Heart Bull recently worked to champion the cause of restoring the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska (from Lake Calhoun) in her ancestral homeland of Bde Ota (Minneapolis). Through names and narrative, we experience physical places in profound and sometimes unseen ways. A name can evoke a concept, a sense of home, connect us, and have deep meaning for communities and families. Bad Heart Bull believes that the dominant narrative of history should be updated and rewritten to honor the languages, lives, and legacies of its Indigenous peoples. Bad Heart Bull comes to Carleton, located on Dakota ancestral land, to share her story and her message titled 'A Lasting Legacy: Acknowledging Dakota Resiliency in Mni Sota.' This convocation is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural and International Life.