Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016

Billy Mills, Oglala Sioux, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist, Keynote Speaker, Friday afternoon. “Footprints”

Billy Mills, Olympic ChampionBilly Mills, born and raised on the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation, was orphaned by the age of 12 and sent to boarding schools. At the Haskell Indian School, Billy became involved in distance running and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas where he distinguished himself as All-American seven times. He was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps and also trained for the Olympics, making the team in two events – the marathon and the 10,000 meter run. He had trained his body, mind and soul for “Peak Performance” and the world was about to see the greatest upset in Olympic history unfold. An accomplished businessman, author, and National Spokesperson for Christian Relief Services, he has helped raise over 500 million dollars. The recipient of five honorary doctorates, the Distinguished Service Citation, subject of a major motion picture titled “Running Brave,” he has been a positive influence on many American youth. Billy Mills was recognized on several end-of-the-millennium lists, including Sports Illustrated’s “Athlete of the Century for the state of South Dakota.” In 2013 he won the second highest honor that is awarded to a civilian – the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Obama. On January 17, 2014 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) presented Billy the highest award they give to an individual: The Teddy Roosevelt Award. Billy Mills will be the keynote speaker at the Carlisle Journeys Conference Friday afternoon.

Sally Jenkins, Opening Presentation, Friday morning ” The REAL All Americans”

Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins is a columnist for the Washington Post and the award-winning author of twelve books, four of them were New York Times’ bestsellers. She is the first woman ever inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Her pieces have been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, GQ and Sports Illustrated, and she is a correspondent for CNBC and for NPR’s All things Cons idered. Sally graduated from Stanford University where she mentored under sportswriter, Tony Kornheiser. She has been interviewed by C-Span’s Brian Lamb, PBS’ Charlie Rose and Suzan Harjo, the Cheyenne Carlisle Indian School descendant who brought suit against the Washington DC football team in an effort to abolish the R-word from their name. Jenkins was one of the last reporters to interview Joe Paterno before he died in 2012. Sally Jenkins lives in NY, but she is no stranger to the Cumberland County Historical Society where she spent days meticulously researching her book, THE REAL ALL AMERICANS.

“American Indian Imagery in Sports,” Amanda Blackhorse, Dine’

Amanda Blackhorse

Amanda Blackhorse is Dine’ and a member of the Navajo Nation. Amanda is from Big Mountain and Kayenta, Arizona. She is a mother and licensed clinical social worker for a tribe in Arizona. In June 2014, Amanda Blackhorse and four other young Native American petitioners, organized by Suzan Shown Harjo, won their 9 year long case before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board under the US Patent Office in Blackhorse et.al vs. Pro Football to cancel the federal registrations of the NFL team, the Washington R*dsk*ns. These registrations included the team’s name and logo. This unprecedented victory appeared to end an over 40-year battle against the R-word. As a result of that decision, Pro-Football sued Amanda Blackhorse and her co-plaintiffs. On July 8, 2015 a federal judge upheld the TTAB decision to cancel the teams registrations on the grounds of disparagement – the team lost their appeal. Still not happy with this decision, Pro Football appealed once again. The case is currently making its way through the fourth circuit court of appeals. In the past year, Amanda Blackhorse and other Native Americans founded the group, Arizona to Rally Against Native American Mascots to spread awareness in Arizona about the harmful effects of offensive Native mascots. As an advocate against Native American mascots, Amanda also speaks nationally about how colonization and historical trauma contribute to the legacy of Native American mascots.

“American Indian Imagery in Sports,” Ray Halbritter, Oneida

Ray Halbritter, OneidaRay Halbritter, Oneida Wolf Clan, is the Representative of the Oneida Indian Nation and the Chief Executive Officer of its enterprises. Halbritter, a graduate of Syracuse University and Harvard Law School, has worked with tribal leaders to create sustainable enterprises that have become an engine of jobs, shared prosperity and cultural resurgence. These business enterprises prioritize investment in health care, schools and services, as well as in institutions that will help protect the Oneida’s heritage, including endowing a Harvard professorship in American law, investing in Indian Country Today Media and supporting the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. It also includes investing in the work of protecting Native Americans’ political rights, through the launching of the “Change the Mascot” campaign that has fought anti-Native American bigotry in professional sports. Since its launch, Change the Mascot has garnered support from a diverse coalition of prominent advocates including elected officials from both parties, Native American tribes, sports icons, leading journalists and news publications, civil and human rights organizations and religious leaders. In the process, Halbritter and his people have forged historic pacts with the federal government to protect their sovereign lands and cemented agreements with governors of New York and county leaders to end age-old disputes and make sure the Oneida enterprises are working to guarantee prosperity both for today’s community, and for future generations to come. Like many American Indian peoples, past generations of Oneidas spent time in boarding schools, including members of Halbritter’s family.


Ben Nuvamsa, Friday afternoon, “Louis Tewanima, Hopi (1882-1969) Two – Time U.S. Olympian: A Paradox (The Untold Story)”

NuvamsaBenjamin (Ben) Nuvamsa is a member and former chairman of the Hopi Tribe. Ben is Bear Clan from the Village of Shungopavi on the Hopi Indian Reservation. Mr. Nuvamsa serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Native Capital Access, a CDFI providing funding for tribal housing programs and tribal entrepreneurs. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, he received an Outstanding Citizenship Award by the NAU Alumni Association in 1997. Nuvamsa is a traditional practitioner and promotes traditional Hopi philosophy on preserving our environment. Ben grew up with U.S. Olympian Louis Tewanima. He is Founder and President/CEO of the KIVA Institute, LLC, a 100% Native American owned and operated training and consulting company, providing services to tribal nations in tribal governance, program management, finance and accounting, audits, strategic planning; and specializing on the Indian Self-Determination Act; etc.


John Bloom, Saturday morning, “A Critical Exploration of the Legacies of Sports at the Carlisle Indian School.”

John Bloom

John Bloom is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Shippensburg University Masters Degree program in Applied History. He is also the author of books on sports, race and culture in the United States, including To Show What an Indian Can Do: Sports at Native American Boarding Schools, and There You Have It: The Life, Legacy, and Legend of Howard Cosell. He has also edited, with Michael Nevin Willard, Sports Matters: Race, Recreation, and Culture.


Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla, and Jude Schimmel, Umatilla, Saturday morning, “Basketball Dreamcatchers” 

Shoni and Jude Schimmel Shoni and Jude Schimmel, former high school basketball players, were recruited by the University of Louisville Women’s Basketball team where they became star athletes. Shoni went on to join the WNBA and played for the Atlanta Dream for two years before being recruited by the NY Liberty this Spring. Jude has written a book called DREAMCATCHER. She will be available to sign copies of her book during the conference. Both women take their responsibilities as role models for Native American youth seriously and will be sharing their experiences in their presentation.

Sid Jamieson, Cayuga, Saturday afternoon, “More Than A Game”

Sid JamiesonSid Jamieson, Cayuga Nation, has been coaching lacrosse at Bucknell University for decades and is the first (only) Native American Head Lacrosse Coach in NCAA Division I Lacrosse History. His many awards from 1985-2013 include US Intercollegiate Division I “Coach of the Year,” Iroquois Nationals “Lifetime Achievement” Award, and Native Vision “Spirit” Award (2013) – the same year he was inducted into the National Native American Athletic Hall of Fame. Sid Jamieson’s resume most notably includes extensive ties to land and nature conservancies, advocacy for the National Park Service’s recognition of the Susquehanna River as a National Historic Water Trail, and distinction as one of the three founders of the Iroquois National Lacrosse team with Onondaga Faith Keeper Oren Lyons and the late John Wesley Patterson. As a consequence of their efforts, the Iroquois Nationals are now a full member of the Federation of International Lacrosse. He has been a longtime member (emeritus) of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse organization since 1991.


Neal J. Powless, Onondaga, Saturday afternoon, Film Showing and Commentary: “Crooked Arrows”

Neal J. Powless, MS, NCC, and PhD Fellow at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, is a traditional member of the Onondaga Nation and Eel Clan. He Co-Produced the Major Motion Picture “Crooked Arrows”, and the NY Emmy Nominated “Game of Life; Heart and Soul of the Onondaga” a short documentary about the cultural origins of the game of lacrosse, as well as collaborated with ESPN on multiple film projects. Mr. Powless has taught courses and presented across the country for nearly 20 years about Indigenous culture and value systems. He is the Co-Founder/Co-Owner of Indigenous Concepts consulting, a firm that he currently runs with his wife, Michelle to bridge Native American ideals, culture and communities with companies, organizations and individuals all over the world. Mr. Powless is currently the Head Coach for the Netherlands National Lacrosse team that competed in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, and will compete in the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships in Hungary. He was a 3-time All-American lacrosse player before being drafted by the professional lacrosse team, the Rochester Knighthawks that lead to a 7-year career in the National Lacrosse League. He also played for the Iroquois Nationals in 6 World Lacrosse Championships and made the tournament’s All-World Team as an Attackman in 2002, and won a Silver medal in the 2003 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Mr. Powless has won a total of 5 Professional and National Championships in his career and was inducted into the Nazareth College Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Crooked Arrows” Film Presentation

“Crooked Arrows,” a 2012 theatrical release, follows a mixed blooded Native American man, Joe Logan, who returns to the reservation to modernize it and also rediscover his spirit, and is tasked by his father, the Tribal Chairman and a Traditionalist, to coach the reservation’s high school lacrosse team. As underdogs, the boys compete against better equipped and better trained elite Prep school teams; although underdogs, they have much potential and talent, and it is Logan’s goal to have them to compete successfully against the privileged high school rivals. Along the way, tribal heritage and pride play important roles. Actors included Brandon Routh, Crystal Allen, Chelsea Ricketts, Tyler Hill and Cree Cathers. Many of the actors/players on the lacrosse team are members of the Haudenosaunee, also known as Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.


Choctaw Singers to perform during Jim Thorpe Carlisle All-Stars Reception
Choctaw singers


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