We acknowledge that we are situated on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok, the Peoples of the Waters that Are Never Still.

We recognize that there is a history to this land that is older than we are and pay honor and respect to this history and to the Elders, past, present, and future.



Forge Project Fellow Jasmine Neosh Presents "The Land and You" with Director of Education Heather Bruegl

September 30, 2021

  Jasmine Neosh presents "The Land and You," a public discussion on how the relationship between humans and the land under the principles and values of Western civilization has led to a culture of deep dissatisfaction, alienation, and destruction. Neosh will also discuss some of the ways that we can refocus ourselves and repair this relationship through things like recognizing the rights of the natural world, shifting our responsibilities under stewardship, and retaking our place as a part of the ecosystems we inhabit​. Heather Bruegl will moderate the discussion. 

     The conversation will take place live at Forge Project on Thursday, September 30th at 5 PM. Please RSVP here. For guests’ safety, masks will be required, and attendance is limited.

     Jasmine Neosh (Menominee), is a writer, student researcher, and advocate for environmental justice, Indigenous sovereignty, climate change education and culturally-informed, place-based sustainability. She is currently working on a field guide to restore knowledge loss surrounding food systems and native plants.

     Heather Bruegl, a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first line descendent Stockbridge Munsee, is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Inspired by a trip to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a passion for Native American History was born. She has spoken for numerous groups including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the College of the Menominee Nation.

     Bruegl has spoken at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 and opened the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan in January 2018 with a speech. She also presented at the first ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC in January of 2019 and in 2019, virtually in 2020 and in 2021, spoke at the Crazy Horse Memorial and Museum in Custer, South Dakota for their Talking Circle Series. Bruegl has become an "accidental activist" and speaks to different groups about intergenerational racism and trauma and helps to bring awareness to our environment, the fight for clean water and other issues in the Native community. A curiosity about her own heritage led her to Wisconsin, where she has researched the history of theNative American tribes in the area. Bruegl is the former Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and now serves at the Director of Education for Forge Project. She travels frequently to present on Native American history, including policy and activism.