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45th Anniversary Benefit & Awards Ceremony
November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will honor U.S. Representative Sharice Davids for her significant contributions to Native American society, culture, and history at the 45th Anniversary Benefit and Awards Ceremony on November 19, 2022, at Writers Theater in Glencoe, Illinois.
Our premier event and annual awards ceremony is named for Dr. Carlos Montezuma, a citizen of the Yavapai-Apache Tribe. He worked as a physician and social justice activist for Native American rights. Dr. Montezuma was the first Native American to earn an undergraduate and a medical degree from Northwestern University. In 1904 he became one of the founders of the Society for American Indians, which focused on improving the physical, social, and economic well-being of Native Americans.
U.S. Representative Sharice Davids will receive the 2022 Dr. Montezuma Award for her contributions to social activism that have advanced Native American people nationally. Rep. Davids is a Ho-Chunk Nation citizen and a member of the U.S. House, representing Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District. In 2019, she was sworn into the 116th Congress, making her one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress and the first openly LGBTQ+ representative to be elected in Kansas. She was raised by a single mother who served in the Army for 20 years. After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she worked through Johnson County Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City before earning a law degree from Cornell Law School.
As a first-generation college student who worked the entire time she was in college, Rep. Davids understands the importance of quality public schools and affordable higher education. That foundation allowed her to go on to a successful career focused on economic and community development, which included time as a White House Fellow under President Barack Obama.
45th Anniversary Silent Auction
Proceeds will be used for programming and exhibits designed to accelerate the respect of Traditional Knowledge and contemporary Indigenous contributions in the Great Lakes Region.
45th Anniversary Benefit and Awards Ceremony
Schedule of Events
6:00 Welcome and Check-in
6:00-7:00 Reception, Food, and Musical Performances by Bill Buchholz and Michaela Marchi
William Buchholtz (Allison) Algonquin/Metis
William Buchholtz (Allison) is a long-time resident of the Chicago area He has been playing and recording music of many genres for over 40 years. He now performs Native American flute and piano in programming aimed at both children and adults. An adoptee, he recently confirmed his Native American heritage as a descendant of the Canadian Kichesipirini (Great River) Band of the Algonquin/Algonkin nation.
Bill is primarily known for his ongoing work with numerous churches; interfaith, social justice and environmental groups; museums; and cultural events including PowWows. For over 25 years, he has been working for the Native American Ministry of Presence of the United Methodist Church, as well as for the St. Kateri Center of the Archdiocese of Chicago, formerly called the Anawim Center.
He has released his own CD “The Journey Home,” on which he plays both Native American flute and piano, and which features his original songs, and has also appeared on a “Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble” CD.
Michaela Marchi Isleta Pueblo
Michaela Marchi began singing and performing at an early age. She graduated from The Chicago Academy of Arts High School in voice performance and went on to study music in college but also wanted to explore her multi-ethnic identity as an artist. She is Isleta Pueblo and Filipina from her mother’s side, and 1st generation Italian from her father’s side. Growing up, she was encouraged to appreciate the opera from her father while her mother emphasized the importance of staying connected to her Indigenous roots and a practice of creative endeavor. She has a Master’s in Education, works at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University, and is also the first in three generations to survive a stage IV cancer diagnosis. She is passionate about patient advocacy, especially for Native American and Indigenous communities, and singing as medicine.
7:00 Award Ceremony
- April Chancellor Prairie Band Potawatomi – Board President
- Kim Vigue Menominee, Oneida – Executive Director
- Keynote Address by U.S. Representative Sharice Davids
7:30 Reception, Food, Silent Auction, and Musical Performances by Mark Jourdan and Jennifer Stevens
Mark Jourdan Oneida/Ho-Chunk
I’m a singer/songwriter based out of Chicago, Illinois. I’m a native American of the Ho-Chunk and Oneida nations. I grew up in Chicago spending my summers and weekends traveling the Midwest and into Canada going to pow-wows with my family. Music has always played a big part of my life. Driving across the country with my family made the radio and tape players as much of a part of the family as my siblings. My father took me to see B.B. King when I was 16. I had my first experience of what it means to “Own a room.” From there I, surprisingly, took a break from guitar and music to try graphic art. I had hoped to become an art teacher. I had many that were quite influential. Ultimately, I found my way home to music. And, I couldn’t be happier. I found a place where I can express feeling in a way that my graphic arts were, without my realizing, leading me to. Today, I chase dreams. I’m catching a few too. “To infinity and beyond…”
Jennifer Stevens Oneida and Oglala Lakota
Jennifer M. Stevens is currently a resident of Bayview-Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin through her father and Oglala Lakota through her Mother. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised on the Oneida Nation-De Pere, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Art from St. Norbert College.
Jennifer M. Stevens has weaved a creative life as a classical singer and visual artist. She studied Classical Singing and Opera nationally and internationally and she studied Classical Art in college and traditional Oneida Pottery with prominent woodland Indigenous artists such as; Rose K. Kerstetter, Peter B. Jones, and Richard Zane Smith.
Furthermore, Jennifer M. Stevens became nationally known for her contribution in cultural preservation through Oneida Pottery revitalization, taught Oneida Pottery for 20 years 4k-Advance level students, and one of the few in history to become a professional Native American woman composer and classical singer. Stevens was acknowledged in the book, Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America by Elaine Keillor and Timothy Archambault, and was a featured Artist, Singer, and Composer on PBS-Wisconsin Public Television, “Wisconsin Life” and the documentary, “Owe.la’: The Music Within Jennifer Stevens.” Stevens is a Singer, Composer, Artist, Researcher, and Educator, and her life philosophy is “Community Building Through the Arts.”
8:45 Closing Remarks