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Union students meet national Native American leader

Originally posted March 12, 2018

Union students met with Dr. Henrietta Mann, a full blood Cheyenne of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, recently, Mann was recently inducted into the American Indian Resource Center Circle of Honor at Zarrow Library.

Dr. Mann visited Moore and Darnaby students, and talked with fifth graders in Union's Native American programs.

Mann is a full-blood Cheyenne of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and was the founding president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College. As a leading expert on American Indian studies, she has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium.

Two of her great-grandmothers survived the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 in Colorado Territory, when a cavalry of more than 500 men attacked and destroyed their village. She attributes her determination for equality to being a descendant of a strong line of survivors.

Mann is a sought-after educator and has taught at multiple universities. She served as director of the Office of Indian Education Programs and deputy to the assistant secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She was the national coordinator of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Coalition for the Association of American Indian Affairs.