Environmental Justice Activist To Speak at RU this Wednesday, Oct. 5

Roosevelt University’s Loundy Human Rights Project 2016 Distinguished Environmental Organizer Series is proud to host Joseph Standing Bear Schranz, Founder and President of Midwest Soarring (Save our Ancestor’s Remains and Resources Indigenous Network Group). Schranz will be delivering a presentation entitled “Respect & Protect: Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Justice by Nature.”


Joseph Standing Bear Schranze source: Midwest SOARRING

Schranz is a member of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. He has over 40 years experience working on native issues and has worked with many different native communities throughout the Midwest. He founded the New Lenox Honor Guard and was responsible for the removal of the last publicly displayed human remains in Illinois. He has also initiated the Pow Wows held by the Midwest SOARRING Foundation, now in its 22nd year.

Schranz also works with the Brookfield Zoo as a consultant and was honored with the first award given to a private citizen by the Will County Forest Preserve District for helping to obtain 117 acres of land in Joliet, IL. To date, he has helped save over 1900 acres in the state of Illinois. Schranz led SOARRING members to support the efforts made to save Plum Island and keep it from being developed. He was appointed by Governor Blagojevich as Illinois’ Representative to the Governor’s Interstate Indian Council in 2006, making him the first Native American to be appointed to this council.

Please attend this special environmental justice activism event in the Sullivan Room on October 5th from 4:00pm to 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Held on RU’s Chicago Campus, 425 S. Wabash Ave., downtown Chicago, AUD building 2nd floor.

For more information, please contact Prof. Bethany Barratt, Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project (bbarratt@roosevelt.edu).

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