Native Expressions, March 10, 2006


The Honoring Generations community at the School of Information proudly presents “Native Expressions,” a public event featuring and celebrating indigenous scholars, authors, creators, and thinkers.

Join us as we hear about Native American issues with technology from Karen Buller and how to encourage young Native Americans to value the oral tradition through animation projects from Roy Boney. We’ll also have the privilege of hearing a very special poetry reading from the accomplished Ojibwe poet and author, Heid Erdrich, and a reading from an up-and-coming poet, Jacob C. Jimenez. Refreshments will be served.

We ask that any non-UT affiliated attendee provide $10 admittance fee to support “If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything,” a national reading project supporting library services to Native youth.

For more information, contact Loriene Roy: or (512) 471-3959.



||| Karen Buller ||| Roy Boney, Jr. ||| Jacob C. Jimenez ||| Heid Erdrich |||



Native Expressions
Event Schedule
March 10, 2006
Sanchez Building (SZB 556)

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome
Honoring Generations Community

10:15 - 11:00
Karen Buller (Comanche), President and CEO of the National Indian Telecommunications Institute (NITI), Santa Fe, New Mexico. Karen will discuss issues related to Native peoples and IT.

11:15 - 12:00
Roy Boney, Jr. (Cherokee), Illustrator, graphic novelist, and animator, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Fellow, Sequoyah Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Roy will share the work he completed with Native language claymation projects with tribal schools.

12:00 - 2:00

Jacob C. Jimenez (Hispanic), Poet, San Antonio, Texas. Jacob will read from a collection of his poetry.

Heid Erdrich (Ojibwe) Poet, Teacher of Writing and Native American Literature, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. She will be reading from her latest book of poetry, The Mother's Tongue, a collection of poems exploring motherhood.

Closing and book signings


About the presenters:

Karen BullerKaren Buller is the President and CEO of the National Indian Telecommunications Institute (NITI). She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters in Child/Developmental Psychology & Social Psychology. Buller is one of a few Native Americans with telecommunications expertise related to Native American communities. Buller has worked in Math & Science curriculum development and its employment through electronic dissemination. She has also worked as an advocate and lobbyist for public school reform and has served on many parent and teacher boards for educational reform. Buller’s professional credentials and experience, national visibility and active involvement in Native American affairs enable her to offer invaluable insights about how to best serve Native American communities. Her personal interests are girls and women’s issues and language preservation. She is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.

Roy BoneyRoy Boney, Jr.,  a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a graduate student at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, served as animator, art director, story artist, and animation instructor during the creation of several Muscogee Creek and Cherokee animated films, all of which are spoken in their respective languages and have been shown around the world.  Boney played a substantial role in the production of what few Native-language animations now exist, having worked with both Native students and professionals through all aspects of preproduction, production, and distribution.  Two of the animations he helped create are Messenger (in Cherokee), where he served as an art director/animator, and the student produced How the Indian Got the Medicine (in Muscogee Creek), where he served as animation instructor.  Both productions are award winning features. Additionally, he is artist and co-creator of the comic book series Dead Eyes Open, which is currently being sold nationwide and in Europe.

Jacob C. Jimenez is an up-and-coming poet from San Antonio, Texas. He is a sophmore at San Antonio College with experience as an editor of a literary magazine.

Heid ErdrichHeid Erdrich is the author of The Mother's Tongue, Fishing for Myth, and co-editor of Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community.  She has won awards from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, the Minnesota Historical Soceity, and the Loft Literary Center. She has been a mentor to Native American writers through Turtle Mountain Writing Workshop, which she helped found, the Loft Writers Center, S.A.S.E—The Write Place, The Circle: News from a Native American Perspective, and the Woodcraft Circle of Native Writers. The founding editor of Birchbark Books Press, Heid teaches Writing and Native American Literature at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe.




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For more information, contact Loriene Roy: or (512) 471-3959.



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