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Mini-Moccasins, Inc. Receives Humanities Kansas Grant


TOPEKA – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $3,700 to Mini-Moccasins, Inc., and Lead Horse LLC of Lawrence in support of the 2nd Annual “Young Professionals Powwow+ Trade Show and Convention.” The funding will be used to feature six guest speakers representing various sectors of Indian Country that will dive into topics ranging from entrepreneurship, public speaking, tribal government, law and policy, social advocacy and art along with the powwow head staff.

Trade Show and Convention Guest Speakers:

  • Keya Clairmont (Sicangu, Taos Pueblo, Meskwaki, Ojibwe)

  • Adrian Stevens (Northern Ute, Shoshone Bannock, San Carlos Apache)

  • Sean Snyder (Navajo, Southern Ute)

  • Durell Cooper III (Apache Tribe of Oklahoma)

  • Ruben Littlehead Sr. (Northern Cheyenne)

  • Becky Howlett

Young Professionals Powwow Head Staff:

  • Marshal Williamson (Sac and Fox), Master of Ceremony

  • Gabe Desrosiers Jr. (Dakota, Ojibwe), Arena Director

  • Brendon Harvey (Cree, Dakota, Navajo), Head Singing Judge

  • Laryn Oakes (Plains Cree, Meskwaki), Head Dancing Judge

The Trade Show and Convention will be hosted by Rory Wheeler (Seneca Nation of Indians), who currently is serving as the National Congress of American Indians' Youth Commission Co-President. There will also be professional headshots, resume building, a career and college fair along with many networking opportunities for young professionals ages 14 and up.

“Humanities Kansas supports projects that promote understanding,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of Humanities Kansas. “The project supports the work of emerging Indigenous influencers who will facilitate important discussions about diversity, representation, and cultural expression.”

This event will be held on Wednesday July 17th, at Abe and Jake's Landing in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas and free and open to the public. Doors open at 10am. Powwow immediately begins at 4pm.

To Register:

About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit 


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