Lecture: The Land Doesn't Forget

04/12/2023 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM ET


Bitter Farewell: The Land Doesn't Forget

Date: Wednesday April 12, 2023

In-Person and Virtual via Zoom

$7/person | HRMM Members FREE

Program Topic:

All the land that makes up the United States was in its entirety Indigenous land.
Learn about the policies used to remove Indigenous Nations from their homes and pushed them
onto reservations. Explore and learn about the maps that created the United States as we know it today.
Join us as Heather Bruegl explains why the fight to regain this land is important.


Heather Bruegl is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first-line descendent Stockbridge Munsee. She is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Her research comprises numerous topics related to American history, legacies of colonization, and Indigeneity, including the Dakota War of 1862, the history of American Boarding Schools, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW). Heather has presented her work at academic institutions including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the College of the Menominee Nation, as well as at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Indigenous Peoples Day 2017.

Heather consults for a variety of museums and universities and is a frequent lecturer at conferences on topics ranging from intergenerational racism and trauma to the fight for clean water in the Native community. She has been invited to share her research on Native American history, including policy and activism, equity in museums, and land back initiatives for such institutions as the Tate and the Brooklyn Public Library. Heather opened and spoke at the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan, in January 2018, and at the first ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC, in January 2019. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Heather spoke at the Crazy Horse Memorial and Museum in Custer, South Dakota, for its Talking Circle Series.

Heather is the former Director of Education of Forge Project, a decolonial art and education initiative on the unceded homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok in Upstate New York, where she organized public programming and events and led the Forge Project Fellowship program. Now, Heather is a public historian, activist, and independent consultant who works with institutions and organizations for Indigenous sovereignty and collective liberation.


This program is being presented in-person at the Hudson River Maritime Museum's Wooden Boat School and virtually via Zoom.

The Wooden Boat School is located at 86 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401. If you are attending in-person, we will have a seat reserved for you. 

You will also receive the link to the Zoom meeting in your registration confirmation email. Please save that email to access the virtual lecture.

Members can recieve their discount by logging-in. Please note that you must be a current member the date of the event to receive your discount.