Native American Speakers Series

Chef Sean Sherman

The series features nationally recognized American Indian scholars and artists who will delve into diverse topics and issues including Lumbee history, Native cuisine, health and wellness and Southeastern Native art.

Admission to the series is free and open to the public. For more information, email, or call 910.521.6266.

Dr. Richard A. Grounds

Dr. Richard A. Grounds

September 10, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Museum of the Southeast American Indian

Richard A. Grounds, Ph.D., is of Yuchi and Seminole heritage.  He is Executive Director of the Yuchi Language Project based in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, working with Yuchi Elders in creating new fluent speakers using immersion language methods.  After completing his Ph.D. in the History of Religions at Princeton Theological Seminary, he taught at St. Olaf College and in the Anthropology Department at the University of Tulsa.  He is currently the chair of the Global Indigenous Languages Caucus and served as the Expert for the North American Region at the Expert Meeting on Indigenous Languages held by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2016.  Dr. Grounds was the consistent voice calling for an International Year of Indigenous Languages since the beginning of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2002, which has now been declared by the U.N. General Assembly for 2019.  Dr. Grounds received the Humanities in Education Award from the Oklahoma Humanities Council for 2013 and is active in Picket Chapel, the local Yuchi Methodist church, and at Polecat Yuchi Ceremonial Ground. Find his web-paper on, "Indigenous Perspectives and Language Habitats," for the United Nations, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, (2016) at the U.N. website: Work on language revitalization by Dr. Grounds appears on the website and on

This talk is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department’s Native American Speakers Series and the Teaching and Learning Center.  Contact Dr. Jane Haladay for details:

Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit

RETURN: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit

November 21, 2019
6 p.m.
Moore Hall Auditorium

This award-winning documentary celebrates three Native women's work to improve community health and spirit through traditional foodways. Meet the film's producer/director Karen Cantor at the screening of Return.

This event is sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center & the UNCP Food Sovereignty Cohort. Contact Alesia Cummings for details: