Watch as Missouri Humanities Council Native Heritage speaker Galen Gritts of St. Louis talks about land acknowledgment of Indigenous people in Missouri and their history long before statehood. Gritts, who is a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation, relates the story of the historic tribes in Missouri and their forced removal from their home by the U.S. government. Gritts also speaks about what it’s like to be a Native person in Missouri and the continued presence and importance of Indigenous people to the future of Missouri history, life, and culture.
About the Presenter
Galen Gritts is a registered member of the Cherokee Nation, a founding member of the Alliance for Native Programming & Initiatives, an advisory board member for the Native American Heritage Fund of the Missouri Humanities Council, and a member of the Disparities Elimination Advisory Committee (DEAC) for the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) of Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as a representative of the local Native American community.