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Iriquois Influence on American Democracy

Did you know that the democratic principles of the Iroquois Confederation inspired many of the concepts that were included in the U.S. Constitution? Find out about the important role of the Iroquois in the formation of our government, a role that was acknowledged in a U.S. Senate Joint Resolution passed in 1987. Presenter Richard Gonzalez is an educator/Native American scholar and a member of the Iroquois Confederation, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. He will share the story of his own Iroquois 10th grandfather, whose close and valued friendship with George Washington is depicted in a commemorative statue in Washington, D.C. Learn how the Iroquois’ democratic attitudes about governance, voting and women in government influenced the development of our own U.S. government.


Richard Gonzalez

Richard J. Gonzalez, M.A., is a member of the Iroquois Confederation, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and the Turtle clan. His tribal name “Loliwyntati” means “He Who Brings the Good Word.” He is a Native American scholar/historian/artist and retired school principal ... read more

Date: 2 Mon, Oct 24-31

Delivery Method: In-person With Livestream

Time: 12:30-2pm CT

Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center or view on Zoom

Instructor: Richard Gonzalez

Fee: $15

Program Number: FALL:134

Registration opens Tue, Aug 16.

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