The Warriors: A History of Native Americans and Military Service with Heather Bruegl
November 11, 2021
Native Americans service at a higher rate than any other group in the United States. They have served proudly but are often forgotten. In this lecture we learn about those who helped the United States gain its freedom from Great Britain and how Native Americans were instrumental in other wars that the US had fought in.
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.
Forge Project follows Covid-19 protocols at all in-person events: Temperature check and masks are required.