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2011 Featured Speakers

  • Hattie KauffmanHattie Kauffman is the National News correspondent for The Early Show on CBS based in Los Angeles. She hails from the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. An Emmy Award-winning reporter, she has covered everything from breaking news to celebrity interviews. While covering an air disaster for ABC News in 1999, Kauffman unknowingly made broadcast history. When her report aired, she became the first Native American journalist to file a report on a national news broadcast. Her unique style of reporting human interest stories has earned her acclaim throughout her career. Kauffman received a BS degree from the University of Minnesota, where she also attended the Graduate School of Journalism under a WCCO-TV Minorities in Broadcasting scholarship. Though her career has taken her far from the reservation, she remains culturally tied to her roots.
  • Denise HenningDr. Denise Henning currently serves as President and CEO of the Northwest Community College in British Columbia, Canada. As a Cherokee/Choctaw originating from Creek County in Oklahoma, Dr. Henning received her Doctorate in Educational Management and Development from New Mexico State University. She also holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Urban Studies and Anthropology from the University of Nebraska. Previously she was president and vice-chancellor of University College of the North, Executive Director of International Student Success and Department Head of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Regina, and Vice-President Academic at the First Nations University of Canada.
  • Mary Jane Oatman-Wak WakMary Jane Oatman-Wak Wak is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Ms. Oatman-Wak Wak is the President of the National Indian Education Association. She was appointed Idaho’s first Indian Education Coordinator by the state superintendent in 2007 and has worked with state education and tribal leaders to raise Native American student achievement. She was appointed by President Barrack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. She is a graduate of Lewis-Clark State College with degrees in Justice Studies and Nez Perce language and was the 2009 Alumni of the Year. Ms. Oatman-Wak Wak is currently working on her Ed.D. at the University of Idaho, College of Education.

Special Guest Performance

  • Pura FePura Fé is currently serving as an artist in residence at the University of Toronto. Her Spanish name translates as “Pure Faith” given by her father who is from Puerto Rico. She was raised by her mother and gifted family of female singers that are decedents of the Tuscarora Nation that had migrated from North Carolina to New York in the early 1900’s. Pura Fé is a founding member of the internationally renowned native woman’s a capella trio, Ulali, and is recognized for creating a new genre, bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of the mainstream music industry.  Pura Fé has toured worldwide and  appeared on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, UK’s The Late Show and Brazil’s Joe Suares Show with Ulali and Robbie Robertson. In 2006, Pura Fé won a Nammy (Native American Music Award) for Best Female Artist for ‘Follow Your Hearts Desire’. She also won an L’académie Charles Cros Award (French Grammy) for Best World Album for her ‘Tuscarora Nation Blues’ album.
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