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Black Elk & Healing Colonialism (via Zoom)

April 28 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join Maka Black Elk and Damian Costello as they delve into the life and possible canonization of Lakota holy man, Nicholas Black Elk; what it means to be both Lakota and Catholic; as well as paths to healing from the trauma of colonialism, especially boarding schools.

Wednesday, April 28, 6:30-8 p.m. CDT. You will receive the zoom link via email on the morning of the event.

$15/person. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 27 at 4 p.m. 

Presenters:   Maka Black Elk, a descendant of Nicholas Black Elk, is the Executive Director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, SD, a former Indian boarding school. He first graduated from the University of San Francisco and then earned his Master’s degrees in Peace & Human Rights Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He was a teacher and an educational administrator at Red Cloud before taking on his current role. A descendent of boarding school survivors, Maka brings a passion for interreligious dialogue to his work. He also serves as chairperson of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network and advocates for truth and healing in Catholic ministries and schools serving indigenous peoples.

Damian Costello received his Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Dayton and specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk and the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism. Costello was born and raised in Vermont and his work is informed by five years of ethnographic work on the Navajo Nation. Costello is on the faculty of NAIITS, the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, and is a founding member and the American co-chair of the Indigenous Catholic Research Fellowship (ICRF).


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Black Elk & Healing Colonialism
Fee must accompany registration.
$ 15.00


April 28
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eric Anglada

Sinsinawa Mound Center

585 County Road Z
Sinsinawa, WI 53824