Need to Know:
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month (NAHM), the HSPH Native American Student Organization (NASO) would like to share the following brief description of the indigenous peoples of the area where we study at HSPH and the surrounding region, primarily as told by Elizabeth Solomon, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and Fellowship Programs in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences here at HSPH, and a member of the Massachuesett tribe.
The indigenous people of the region in and around modern-day Boston traditionally camped near the shore during the summer to harvest seafood, then moved inland in family groups to hunt during the winter. Although local Native people identified with several small units, they gathered for festivals and events, and can be categorized as three main tribal groups; the Massachusett in and around Boston harbor (beige), the Nipmuck to the west (light yellow), and Wampanoag to the south (dark yellow), as shown on the following map courtesy of the Harvard Map Collection:
Page 12 in Historical Atlas of Massachusetts, edited by R.W. Wilkie and J. Tager, 1991.
While there is evidence of trans-oceanic contact between people of the Americas and those of other continents prior to Columbus (Kehoe, AB. The Fringe of American Archaeology: Transoceanic and Transcontinental Contacts in Prehistoric America, 2003.), the arrival of post-1492 Western Europeans was particularly devastating to indigenous peoples. Diseases carried along trade routes decimated Native inhabitants, easing the way for Western Europeans to colonize the region. Pilgrims and puritans began arriving in the Massachusetts Bay in the 1620s and moved Native residents to “praying towns” in the following decades, both to keep Native residents away from colonial populations and to convert indigenous peoples to Christianity. Colonists recognized local land as belonging to indigenous peoples, selling Native land as “payment” for colonial “services” to indigenous people, until most Native individuals were living on land that was no longer “theirs” (O’Brien, J. Dispossession by Degrees, 1997.) Many Native people left the region to join other tribal groups, while some stayed and passed into colonial society.
The racism of the time left few options for surviving Native people to openly claim their heritage, as described by Solomon: “My Mother was born in 1918 and it wasn’t a choice for her to consider herself Native American because of social constructs that caused her to be ashamed of it, so she made a choice between identifying as black or white… there were very few individuals who identified as Indians at the time when I was growing up.” However, “we always knew who we were. Our parents and grandparents made it a point to say this is who you are, this is where you come from.”
There are currently two federally recognized tribes in Massachusetts – the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe headquartered in Mashpee on the cape (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Leaders Directory, 2014 Fall/Winter Edition). Multiple other tribal peoples continue to live in Massachusetts, but are not federally recognized. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 6,500 American Indian and Alaska Native people lived in Massachusetts, including about 2,400 in Boston.
HSPH NASO invites you to learn more about the indigenous peoples of the land where we live and study, and all of Native America, both past and present. Please join us at the following events:
- Nov. 13th – HarvestFest – 5:30-7:30pm, Kresge Cafeteria
- Nov. 17th – “Two Spirits” film viewing and discussion – 6:30-8:30pm, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Nov. 24th – AlterNATIVE Thanksgiving meal and invited speaker – 12:30pm, FXB G13
We also encourage you to explore events across Harvard by contacting the Harvard University Native American Program, or by visiting hunap.harvard.edu. If you have any questions about HSPH NASO or would like to become involved, please contact Steven (steven.hafner @mail.harvard.edu), Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kau’I (email@example.com).
Global Support Services
November 13, 12:30-1:20pm in G2
Global Support Services is offering a pre-travel orientation for HSPH students planning international travel during the break. The pre-travel orientation will take place on Thursday November 13th from 12:30-1:20pm in G2. Students receiving funding from the school must attend this presentation*.The pre-travel orientation will cover proactive measures to protect your health and safety while abroad, as well as introduce you to resources available to you before, during, and after travel. Please register here. Any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
*Unless you are a GHP student who attended the 11/3 presentation.
Symposium on Mass Incarceration and Health: Advocacy in Medicine and Beyond
November 14, 12:30-5pm at Harvard Medical School
This event will inform attendees about mass incarceration in the US and build a community of advocates. Keynote speaker Dr. Josiah Rich will be joined by leaders from universities and community organizations across the region, who will lead topic-specific breakout sessions. Keynote address is located at the Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall at HMS. Breakouts will leave from there to rooms in the Tosteston Medical Center. Register here.
Any questions contact Kelsey.
Diversity Talks Series: Addressing LGBT Health Disparities through Federal and State Policy Changes
Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:30pm-1:20pm, Kresge G-1, Lunch Provided
Dr. Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at Fenway Health, will describe recent federal and state policy developments that address and reduce LGBT health disparities. These topics include: promoting sexual orientation and gender identity data collection in Electronic Health Records, designating LGBT people as a Medically Underserved Population and a Health Professional Shortage Area population group, and the recent research surrounding health accessibility for the transgender community. More information here, any questions contact email@example.com
Public Health Leadership Advanced Seminar with Dr. Howard Koh
November 12, 5:30-7:00pm, FXB G-12
Dr. Howard K. Koh is Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership. From 2009-2014, he served as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Join Dr. Koh for an exploration of why we are called to the service of public health. He will share key leadership lessons he learned from both success and failure in the pursuit of improved public health. Please RSVP
Events and Activities:
Test on the 10th
November 10th, 2014 from 12:00-1:30pm
Movember is a month to raise awareness about men’s health issues. Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 15-25 years. A way to prevent this is to perform self-examinations. Test on the 10th is a program started to remind men to test themselves each month. Come check out the table to get a shower card and some interesting FAQs. Any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Prostate Cancer “Teach-In” at HSPH
Friday November 14th from 3-6pm in the Kresge Cafeteria
The prostate cancer epidemiology team at HSPH will be hosting their first annual Prostate Cancer “Teach-In” on Friday, November 14th from 3-6pm in the Kresge Cafeteria. The “Teach-In” is an opportunity for patients and students to learn about prostate cancer progression, screening, and care. The event will include a panel discussion featuring patient advocates and researchers, a Q&A session with leading experts in the field, and a number of short presentations about current research here at HSPH. Snacks will be provided! To RSVP and more information here
Health Policy Brown Bag Series: Dr. Julian Harris
Wednesday November 12th, 12:30-1:30pm, Kresge 201
Hosted by Dr. Mark Smith, Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow, Associate Director for Health at the Office of Management and Budget and former Massachusetts Medicaid Director Dr. Julian Harris will join this informal conversation session by Skype to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the American healthcare system. Harris is a primary care physician who has spent his career working in clinical, health policy, and business roles to improve access to high-quality, affordable health care for vulnerable populations in this country and abroad. Bring your lunch and join in the conversation! Brownies will be provided! RSVP to Pauline Barr as space is limited.
International Thanksgiving in New Hampshire
Wednesday-Friday, Nov 26-28, Toah Nipi
Join other international students and friends for two restful nights during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Celebrate the traditions of the season – including turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Read and discuss the Thanksgiving Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. Relax with a book by the fireplace. Enjoy the company of new friends in a beautiful setting in rural New Hampshire. Take time to reflect on the goodness of God. Event is open to all students and faculty from all faith (no faith) backgrounds. Please email Harvard Chaplain Jeff if you need scholarship to attend the event. Information and registration online or contact email@example.com
“Voices in Leadership” featuring Mark Smith, former President and CEO, California HealthCare Foundation, on Nov 13, 12:30-1:30pm
To attend, RSVP to enter the random lottery by 5:00 p.m. on Nov 11.
Welcoming our very own Harvard alumnus, Dr. Mark D. Smith will be joining Voices in Leadership in the Studio for an insightful conversation on leadership at the highest levels of U.S health care for the poor. As the CEO of California HealthCare Foundation since its creation in 1996, he built the Foundation into a recognized leader in the public reporting of care quality, health policy analysis, and applications of new technology in healthcare. Previously, Dr. Smith was a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health and later, the Executive Vice-President at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He is currently a visiting Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at HSPH. Professor David Williams will be moderating. For all questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org