Dynamic Women’s Conference, Forum April 18 at McSwain

Monday, April 08, 2013

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. - Ellen Brooker, 2012 Dynamic Woman of the Year, will be the keynote speaker for the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities’ Dynamic Women’s Conference and Forum. The conference and forum will take place on Thursday, April 18 at the McSwain Theatre in Ada and feature sessions during the day and a panel discussion.

Mrs. Brooker has been an educator for 27 years. She is an Outstanding American Teacher award recipient, winning grant writer, department chair and respected history and social studies teacher. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and is a certified teacher in history and government, gifted and talented programming and instructional technology.

Chosen as a participant in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute, Mrs. Brooker has also won gold performance awards for social studies. She is an avid student of Chickasaw language and culture, and incorporates traditional regalia and Chickasaw phrases in her classroom. She offers a unique study of Native culture, artifacts and storytelling in American Indian history.

Mrs. Brooker is the vice chair of the Chickasaw Community Council of South Texas where she assists Native American students and other community members in establishing tribal affiliation, learning about tradition and seeking benefits for higher education. She promotes Chickasaw culture, tribal involvement and activities and fundraising for a college scholarship.

Featured speakers and panelists for the conference and forum will include: Chickasaw Nation Secretary of Communications and Community Development Robyn Elliott; owner and consultant of Homahota Consulting, LLC Dr. Traci Morris; Senior Policy Analyst for Chickasaw Nation Commerce in Washington, D.C., Jessica Imotichey; Chickasaw poet Rebecca Travis; Chickasaw Nation writer-in-residence Linda Hogan; Fred Jones Museum of Native American Art James T. Bialac Assistant Curator Heather Ahtone; Henderson County Deputy Fire Marshall Lavita Shafer; Indian Health Services Health Information Management Consultant Angela Kihega; Chickasaw Nation Medical Center employee Wendy Harrison; and Chickasaw Nation Manager and Curator of the Chickasaw White House Glenda Galvan.

For more information, contact the division of arts and humanities at (580) 272-5520.