The Legacy of One Lakota Woman's Strength Monday, July 11, 2022
“Growing up, I was never a victim.” These are the words of Karen Knife Sterner, a remarkable Lakota Indian elder, mother, grandmother, educator, and spokesperson for human rights whose story has been memorialized in a recently completed film.
The film traces Karen's life from her childhood on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota to her boarding school experiences, to her travels to Washington, D.C., working on a committee originally formed by Eleanor Roosevelt, and then to sharing her experiences nationally as a Native woman representing her culture. She reflects on her philosophy for living and remaining strong – weathering hardships and finding love and solace with her family and so many others.
On Monday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m. Unlimited Learning will host Dr. Susan Krook, professor of anthropology at Normandale Community College, who was a driving force behind the production of the film. Dr. Krook, who holds a special interest in the cultural landscape of our Minnesota ancestors, will show excerpts from the film and talk about Rainbow Woman’s life and experience.
The presentation will be in the Forum Room at Crosby-Ironton High School. The fee is $5.00 for non-members, and it’s free for members.
Lakes Area Unlimited Learning promotes the intellectual stimulation of older adults. Its philosophy is “learning without limits,” and it lives that philosophy by offering monthly programs and field trips that are stimulating, interesting and relevant. People join Unlimited Learning for the learning opportunities and stay for the friendships. For more information about membership, contact Sally Ihne at sihnecharter.net or call 218-829-2544.