Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, as she talks with Joy Rivera and Kirk Crow Shoe about the coming Powwow for Hope on May 3, 2014. The powwow is an event sponsored by the American Indian Cancer. The event is the third annual powwow and it will be held near Fort Snelling in Minneapolis. The powwow will raise funds to support cancer education and supportive services for American Indian communities.
Joy Rivera belongs to the Snipe Clan of the Seneka Nation Haudenosaunee People. She has more than 30 years teaching experience in the Indigenous Community at the junior high, senior high and adult levels of education. Joy taught at both the late Heart of the Earth Survival School and the Red School House. Most recently, she coordinated the Ogitchidag Gikinooamaagad Peer Education Program for 17 years. The Ogitchidag program developed and implemented its own cultural specific peer education curriculum to Indigenous youth grades 7-12. The program also traveled throughout Indian County teaching other Indigenous youth about health related topics through live theater. Joy is currently the colon cancer screening navigator of the American Indian Cancer Foundation. She does outreach in the Twin Cities Indigenous Community.
Kirk Crow Shoe is Blackfoot from the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta, Canada. He holds a B.A. in Community Studies. He has developed and directed many programs that have served youth-at-risk in the Indian Community in both the U.S. and Canada. He currently works for the American Indian Cancer Foundation as the Community Programs Manager.