El Centro de Muchos Colores

The Real History of Americas

10th Annual Real History of the Americas
to celebrate
Indigenous Peoples’ Day at FLC

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


The Real History of the Americas takes a positive, but different look at the history of North and South America from the viewpoints of Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Native and LGBT peoples, among others. The 2017 theme is: “Honoring the Heartbeat of our Mother,” and will feature indigenous drumming, traditional foods, lectures, art, theatre and storytelling.  The Real History of the Americas celebration seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of the cultures and histories of sometimes marginalized peoples.

Volunteers still needed: Looking for FLC community member interested in working with the Real History of the Americas committee! Volunteers still needed!  A core group of 5-10 students, faculty and staff members plan the event with assistance from El Centro, Diversity Programming and the Native American Center.  If interested please send an email to Shirena Trujillo Long at long_s@fortlewis.edu. Committee Meetings are held every Thursday 9-10 a.m. at the NAC conference room;  and a drop-in hour is held at El Centro from 10-11 a.m. if you want to talk with Chairs Stacy John and Ken Walker.



Frequently Asked Questions

https://artepublicopress.com/recovery-project/https://artepublicopress.com/recovery-project/What is Real History of the Americas?

The Real History of the Americas takes a positive, but different look at the history of North and South America from the viewpoints of Hispanic, African-American, Asian, and Native peoples the LGBT community, among others. Real History of the Americas was created in 2008 by Native American, Hispanic and Multicultural students on campus to empower and share a variety of Real Histories of the Americas on the day that is also known as Columbus Day or the Day of the Race in the United States.  For more information about why we celebrate this Real History of the Americas, please see this interview on Democracy Now! When Amy Goodman interview some of our key founders of the event: http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2012/10/8.

Who are the special guests for Fall 2017?

Radmilla Cody: is a GRAMMY-nominated Navajo recording artist from the Navajo Nation. Miss Cody is of the Red Bottom People clan (Tlaa’shchi’i’) and is born for African-Americans (Naahilii). Radmilla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, with a minor in Sociology, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Sociology. During her reign as the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98, Radmilla focused on domestic violence prevention and awareness programs, and remains an advocate against domestic abuse. In 2002 the Native American Music Awards named her female artists of the year. Radmilla has five albums and is featured in a documentary, Hearing Radmilla. In 2010, she was selected for national Public Radio’s 50 Great Voices series, and in 2012, Initiative Radio awarded Radmilla the “Black History Makers Award.” Radmilla continues to maintain Navajo Culture and language, through her songs, she works closely with youth who struggle with biracial identities. Click here to check our her website.

Deanna MAD: Deanna Diaz is a 2013 graduate of Fort Lewis College who served as first-attendant Miss Hozhoni 2012 while studying anthropology. As a student, she was active in many clubs, including Dance Co-Motion, Wanbli-Ota, and Feminist Voice’s production of “The Vagina Monologues.”  Born and raised in Southern California, Deanna Marie Adelita Diaz (M.A.D. is her stage name) started acting in her high school drama classes, and has been doing stand-up comedy after college. She is based in New York and is currently employed as a grant writer with the Seneca Nation of Indians. For Real History of the Americas, she will perform a comedy set in the evening and a mid-day workshop about the importance of women in the Seneca society and the Towisas ceremony. Below is an excerpt from her storytelling.

Dr. Carolina Villarroel: Director of the Research for "Recovering the US Hispanic LIterary heritage Project, Dr. Villaroel will be our keynote presenter for this year's 10th annual event. For more information about the project and its important connection to telling our REAL stories of the Americas, click hereCarolina began at Arte Público Press in 1997 as a Research Assistant while pursuing her Ph.D. in the UH Hispanic Studies Department. She now oversees the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, supervising several graduate students in researching Latino literature and history, as well as applying for grants for this prestigious and internationally known initiative. Carolina is motivated, cordial, and approachable to those at and outside UH who come to the Recovery Project for data. Carolina is helping keep UH at the forefront of U.S. Latino research and is part of what makes UH a Tier One research institution.

Venaya Yazzie: Yazzie is Diné (Navajo) and Hopi woman from the San Juan Valley in northwestern New Mexico - heritage is rooted in the Huerfano, NM and Chaco Canyon area. Through her work in the Arts and as a researcher, she strives to reclaim the true historical past of Indigenous SW people, reaffirm Indigenous identity and ancestry and re-tell the modern stories and experiences of the 21st century Indigenous individual as an act of de-colonizing. Yazzie is alumnus of: UNM (M.A. in Education and Indian Education), Fort Lewis College, the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Arts. She is a member of the Navajo Cultural Museum Board, Northwest New Mexico Arts Council and has been an Artist-In-Residence of: Mesa Verde National Park AIR Program, Dancing Earth- SEEDS Project and the Bisti Writing Project in the Four Corners. Her workshop will be offered both at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the La Plata Room and is called: "Decolonizing their Feminism via indigenous Epistemology." The concious culutral awareness of the Desert Matriarch concerns the Epistemology of Navajo and Pueblo societies of women as intrinsic 'leaders' in their communities. We as 21st century women must re-ignite this concept in our modernity as an act of decolonizing, especially away from the alien Euro-American concept of feminism.

Who organizes Real History of the Americas?

FLC student leaders Stacy John and Ken Walker have co-coordinated the upcoming 10th annual RHOA with the help of dozens of student clubs, volunteers and FLC staff members. RHOA committee members for 2017 include: Bryan Dalla-Cundiff; Rhiannon Yazzie, Veronica Krupnick, Dominic Whitesinger, with staff members, Shirena Trujillo Long, Nancy Stoffer, and Joey Dell; and faculty members Dr. Kay Holmes and Dr. Carolina Alonso.  College sponsors include: Club del Centro & El Centro, Common Ground Diversity Programming, Student Union Productions (SUP), Native American Center, the Community Concert Hall, Office of the President, Division of Student Affairs, Residential Hall Association, among others. Generous support is also provided by the Leland House and Rochester Hotel.

What is Indigenous People’s Day? Across the country, cities and universities are declaring Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The City of Durango passed the resolution on Jan. 5, 2016, and the full resolution can be seen at: http://www.durangogov.org/documentcenter/view/6088/. At FLC, the Associated Students of FLC (ASFLC) and the Board of Trustees formally approved their resolutions in the academic year 2015-16

When is the Real History of the Americas?

Fall 2017 tenative Schedule of Events 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Student Union Ballroom


10:00 am           Welcome & Prayer and Opening Statements: “Honoring the Heartbeat of our Mother”

10:30 am          Red Sky Drumming and Dance group from Towoac, CO, Ute Mountain Ute

Noon               Indigenous Cuisine Sampler courtesy of Chef Raymond Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo

12:20 pm         Keynote Address by guest: Dr. Carolina Villarroel

Keynote Address title: (W)Righting history. US Latinas/os in the United States: Latina/o presence in the United States has been absent of the official record even though traces of their participation on every way of life can be found on the written culture of this country.  Latinas/os have participated in the culture, politics, religion and daily life helping shape the United States before it was a nation state. The Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage and its associates have been pivotal on this recovery effort bringing light and documenting, preserving and disseminating this heritage that dates from colonial times until 1980. María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, a California woman who lost her lands to Anglo squatters in the 1800s, the documentation through literature of the immigration process in the early 1900s, hundreds of newspapers documenting religion, political alliances, revolutions, women’s rights, exile, etc. are just a few samples of the rich legacy recovered by the program. (W)righting history,  allows for these records that have been lost, absent, repressed or underrepresented  under colonial structures of power to be positioned in its rightful place among the foundational writings of the United States.

2:30-3:25 pm     "Honoring our Mother"WORKSHOPS: participants may choose one workshop to attend

   Radmilla Cody; Venaya Yazzie

3:35-4:30 pm      "Honoring our Mother"WORKSHOPS: participants may choose one workshop to attend 

    Deanna M.A.D.; Venaya Yazzie and Carolina Villarroel

4:30-5:30 pm      Student Showcase, featuring Black Student Union, Miss Hozhoni and others           

5:30-6:30 pm       Multicultural potluck with live entertainment from Ballet Folklorico de Durango and Pan American Band

6:30 pm               Honoring our Past: Recognition of our Real History of the Americas alumni and chairs

6:45 pm               Live performance by Radmilla Cody

7:45 pm               Live comedy set by Deanna M.A.D.

9 pm                    Closing




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A Special Thanks To...

Coordinators of 2017 Real History

Staff Members Nancy Stoffer, Shirena Long, and Joey Dell, Grace Chang,
Faculty Member Kay Holmes, Carolina Alonso

Colllege Sponsors

Club del Centro & El Centro, Common Ground Diversity Programming, Student Union Productions (SUP), Native American Center, Community Concert Hall, Modern Language Department, Office of the President,
RHOA Co-Coordinator

Stacy John

RHOA Co-Coordinator Ken

RHOA Committee members

Stacy John, Bryan Dalla-Cundiff, Deionna Vigil, Rhianon, Veronica Krupnick, Miranda,