Renewing a Human Rights Agenda: Native American Rights

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Join us for the final webinar in UICHR’s spring series, Renewing a Human Rights Agenda. This webinar will focus on the opportunities and challenges related to the human rights of Native Americans. Panelists will address the important topics of health disparities, mascots, and land acknowledgments.


Ann Laquer Estin is Aliber Family Chair in Law at the University of Iowa, where she teaches Federal Indian Law, as well as courses in Family Law, Contracts, and International Family Law.

Kelly Montijo Fink (Apache / Mexican / Spanish), M.A., is a bilingual educator & international speaker. Kelly has a Masters of Arts in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Iowa and received a B.A. from Cornell College, double majoring in Anthropology & Spanish. She received a certificate with honors for completing a year-long study of “Language, Latin American, & European Studies” from the Fundación Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain. Kelly has worked as a language professor for nearly 25 years. Since 2012 she has served on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Native American Affairs and she aligns herself with community improvement initiatives. Kelly is also a singer / songwriter & recording artist.  She's a two time NAMMY (Native American Music Award) winner & an Indigenous Music Award nominee (in Canada).  She uses her music and her public platform to empower those who hear to be resilient and courageous. 

Joe Coulter is a Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean for Diversity in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Prior to those roles, Dr. Coulter served as Head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Carver College of Medicine, as Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, and as the Associate Provost for Diversity and Director, Opportunity at Iowa, The University of Iowa. Dr. Coulter’s professional service has included Associate Program Director, Behavioral and Neurosciences Division, National Science Foundation; Chair, Council of Academic Societies, Association of American Medical Colleges; and President, Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs. Dr. Coulter is currently active in teaching, research/scholarship and community service in human rights and American Indian/Alaskan Native health.

Carrie Schuettpelz was a homelessness policy advisor in the Obama Administration from 2009-2016. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2006, which was awarded by the U.S. Department of State to study the East-West divide of the European Union in Copenhagen, Denmark. Schuettpelz's ongoing projects involve experiential learning, public policy curriculum, and undergraduate student success. She is a trained storyteller and teaches digital storytelling at a variety of levels. She is also at work on a novel. She is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:00pm
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UI Center for Human Rights
129 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52242
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