Galen E. Gritts

About the Speaker

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.

Being Cherokee

A brief telling of Cherokee history with reference to Gritts' own experiences as a Missouri citizen since birth. The Cherokees are one of the most recognizable tribes in the U.S. and have a strong tie to Missouri.

Forgotten Trunk in the Attic

An overview of why Native folks are "invisible" to many Missourians as Missouri and many neighboring states have no extant tribes and haven't for some time. However, Gloria Gaynor was right. We survived.