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FreedomCon 2021 – Native Lives Matter

November 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Presenter Dr. Lori Quigley, a member of the Wolf Clan of the Seneca nation, will provide an historical overview of various events that have negatively impacted the lives of Native American groups. She will focus primarily on, but not be limited to, Haudenosaunee nations and/or tribal nations who currently reside within the boundaries of New York State. Examples include blood quantum, the Sullivan-Clinton campaign, residential boarding schools, and sports mascots.


Dr. Lori V. Quigley (Seneca Nation, wolf clan) is semi-retired after a career in education that ranges from achieving the rank of tenured full professor, to serving as an academic dean and provost. She earned her bachelor of arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University, and a master of arts in Public Communication and Ph.D. in Language, Learning and Literacy from Fordham University.

Lori’s academic leadership roles have involved articulating a vision for the future and building a culture of intellectual excitement to shape centers of excellence and distinction by establishing a diversified portfolio of programs. Lori established community partnerships, as well as demonstrated relationships with funders and major donors who committed to supporting several programs she initiated. In her work, Lori has focused a great deal of energy on the development and sustainability of programs that are socially just, culturally responsive, and aggressively seek to serve all students.

Lori’s research interests include multigenerational trauma and culturally relevant pedagogy. Lori was awarded the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Research and Scholarship; she received the Hackman Residency Award from the NYS Archives, enabling her to research the history and sociological impact of Native American residential boarding schools. She served as an advisor for the documentary Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools, and has published journal articles on the history on the Thomas Indian School. Other accolades include being named “Woman in Leadership” by NYS Women, Inc., the Buffalo State President’s Award for Excellence in Equity and Campus Diversity, and the Community Leader Award by the National Federation of Just Communities.

Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and giving back to community, Lori received a U.S. Presidential appointment to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education and completed a two-term gubernatorial appointment on the NYS Minority Health Council. Currently, she serves on the boards of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), the YWCA of WNY and the Seneca Gaming Corporation.

She grew up on the Allegany territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians; currently, she lives in Grand Island, NY, with her husband Don and their goldendoodle, Clancy.

Today’s event is made possible, in part, by an Action Grant from Humanities New York. Humanities New York encourages critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena through grants, programs, networking and advocacy. Visit to learn more.


November 27, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Mary Liz Stewart