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2021 Conference speakers

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

General Session 10 am

What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?

Richard Josey is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Collective Journeys LLC. As a nationally recognized facilitator, interpreter, and equity and inclusion consultant, Richard has spent over 25 years in the history field. His current work centers on how museums and historical sites can become better venues for strangers to become less strange and places that mitigate trauma and promote healing. Richard's work is guided by a question he heard from a Dakota elder: "What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?" This critical question has encouraged thousands of public historians to work in community development and transformation, and intentional planning. He currently serves as a member of the American Association for State and Local History's governing board and as the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair. Lastly, Richard is also a son, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, friend, and lover of hip hop, and champion of humanity, compassion, and grace. Today, Richard will present his current thoughts on what it takes for us all to become Good Ancestors.

Professional Networking Lunches 11:45 am

Ticketed Events.  Pre-Registration Required.  All are welcome.

L1: EDCOM LUNCH FOR EDUCATORS
Special Keynote Speaker TBA

L4: RC-MPMA LUNCH FOR REGISTRARS & COLLECTION MANAGERS
Special Keynote Speaker TBA

Thursday, October 7. 2021

Leadership Lunch

A View from the Floor of the House:  Using Artifacts, Historic Preservation and the Archival Record to Teach and to Learn

Tamara St. John is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation of South Dakota.  She is the Tribal Archivist/Curator of Collections and works with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office on Cultural Preservation issues. She has been working on Native American Graves and Repatriation Act issues for the tribe with a long term goal of building a tribal visitor center and museum. Tamara is a Native American genealogist has done extensive research in the history of the Dakota/Lakota/Nakota or Oceti Sakowin. She has worked with the Minnesota Historical Society and along with other Dakota Tribes collaborated on the Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862 exhibition. She worked with North Dakota State University and The Center for Heritage Renewal participating in panel discussions on the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862 and the Massacre at Whitestone Hill. Tamara is a current board member of the South Dakota Humanities Council, North Dakota Native Tourism Alliance and South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance. In 2018, Tamara was elected to the South Dakota State Legislature in the House of Representatives and is currently serving District 1 in her second term.  

Wednesday, September 25

Closing Lunch: Trends and Issues 12PM

Ticketed Event.  Pre-Registration Required

Rebuilding of the Monuments Men and Women: A Partnership in Practice

Col. Andrew Scott DeJesse. Until recently, the Department of Defense has applied minimal resources towards 1954 Hague Convention compliance. This was primarily due to three reasons: DoD’s viewed the cultural property protection (CPP) as operational barrier; lack of expertise, and the heritage community’s advocating through heritage-centric language. To break siloed perspectives, the building of the Monuments Men and Women for the 21st Century centers on a partnership model of common interests, shared core problems, mutual sense of urgency, and utilization of networks. The MPMA discussion, Rebuilding of the Monuments Men and Women: A Partnership in Practice will describe how museums experts are providing DoD with a new set of capabilities and new understanding about the value of CPP.


Colonel Andrew Scott DeJesse - BIO
COL Andrew Scott DeJesse is a 38G/6V Heritage and Preservation Officer currently assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command’s Strategic Initiatives Group. He is the 38G Program Director for Army’s rebuilding the Monuments Men & Woman for the 21st Century. Andrew deployed to Mosul, Iraq – ‘07/’08; Nuristan, Afghanistan – ‘10/’11 and Kabul, Afghanistan ‘14/’15. COL DeJesse served as a Civil Affairs Team Chief, Company Commander, Battalion Commander, instructor at the Army War College for the Strategic Value of Cultural Heritage in the Conflict Continuum seminar, and as US Central Command’s Combined Strategic Analysis Group Division Chief.

As a civilian, Andrew works for the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Cultural Programs Division. He teaches the Provenance Theory and Practice Course at Texas Tech University. Andrew’s lead into the arts began as an illustrator and as a realist painter. His works are held in private and public collections including: Texas Tech University Health and Sciences Center, West Texas A&M University School of Business, Lyondell, Halliburton, Schlumberger, National Oil Well, and the Army War College. Andrew received a Master of Arts in Heritage Management and Museum Sciences from Texas Tech University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

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