Celebrating Nurse and Mohegan Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba’s appointment as U.S. Treasurer


During the past week, President Biden announced his choice for U.S. Treasurer! Here are highlights featuring her many accomplishments!

Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba

Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba
  • Became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe in 2010, a lifetime position.
  • Follows in footsteps of many strong female role models in the Mohegan Tribe, including her mother, Loretta Roberge, who holds the position of Tribal Nonner (elder female of respect) as well as her great-grandfather Chief Matagha.
  • Prior to becoming Chief, Malerba served as Chairwoman of the Tribal Council, and performed in Tribal Government as Executive Director of Health and Human Services. 
  • Questioned why federal policy continues to severely underfund Indian Health resulting in diminished health status and quality of life with a life expectancy below that of mainstream America for our first peoples in her DNP project at Yale
  • Authored “The Effects of Sequestration on Indian Health Funding” in the Hastings Center Report in 2013, providing background for in American Indian Health and Nursing (edited by Margaret P. Moss, Springer Publishing Company) in 2016.
  • A leader in the return of hundreds of sacred objects to the Mohegan Tribe and Tantaquidgeon Museum in Uncasville, Connecticut In 2018, restoring wholeness to the Mohegan people.
  • Testified in 2020 before the Connecticut Senate in favor of teaching children the history from the perspective of the first peoples of Connecticut who were harmed by colonization, instead of “Manifest Destiny” perspective.
  • Chaired the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee of the Indian Health Service Secretary for the United South and Eastern Tribes board, is a member of the Justice Department’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council, NIH and Treasury Tribal Advisory Committees.
  • Named in 2022 the first Native American U.S Treasurer and first overseer of the Office of Tribal and Native Affairs at the Treasury Department.
  • The first in Tribal leader and Native woman in history whose signature [will be] penned on U.S Currency

Obama accepted the “Rhythm of the Land” blanket as Chief Lynn Malerba helped drape President Barack Obama in a blanket at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in 2016 During a moving ceremony that showcased the diversity of Indian Country. Photo credit: Pete Souza.

“The blanket continues as a standard of exchange; and as a gift, the blanket is an important acknowledgement of friendship, gratitude, and respect.” (Source) Also see Kapoun R.W. with Lohrmann, C.J. (1992). Language of the Robe. Peregrine Smith Books, p. 19.

More Information

Malerba, M. (2013). The Effects of Sequestration on Indian Health. Hastings Center Report, 43: 17-21.     https://doi.org/10.1002/hast.229

Malerba, Marilynn (2015).  “Indian Health Funding: Time For Change” Yale School of Nursing Digital        Theses. 1037. https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/ysndt/1037

Malerba, Marilynn (2016).  Northeastern Woodlands .In Moss, M.P. American Indian health and nursing (Moss, Ed.). Springer Publishing Company.  

Education Committee of the State of Connecticut Public Hearing Friday, March 6, 2020. Testimony of      Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, In Support of S.B. No. 314 An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Native American Studies In The Social Studies Curriculum. https://www.cga.ct.gov/2020/eddata/tmy/2020SB-00314-R000306-Malerba,%20Marilynn,%20Chief-The%20Mohegan%20Tribe-Support-TMY.PDF

Indian Health Service (IHS) Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee (Tsgac) Quarterly Meeting
March 28-29, 2017 https://www.tribalselfgov.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TSGAC_Combined_Packet_March2017.pdf

The Mohegan Tribe: Our Current Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba, Lifetime Chief.

Yale Peabody Museum (ND). The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.             https://peabody.yale.edu/explore/collections/anthropology/native-american-graves-protection-repatriation-act

Yale School of Nursing (ND). Yale Nursing’s Malerba ’15 DNP Will Make History as First Native American US Treasurer https://nursing.yale.edu/news/yale-nursings-malerba-15-dnp-will-make-history-first-native-american-us-treasurer

The “Documentary” project is here!


Those who have participated in the “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing” have heard mention of “the documentary” that has been underway since our beginning, a project made possible by Sue Hagedorn who is a co-author of the “Nursing Manifesto” and a documentary film-maker. Now it is published and available to all on the “Reckoning with Racism in Nursing” website!

There are videos of 40 individual conversations – nurses of color sharing their experiences of racism and their hopes for the future, and 3 thematic explorations that address undergraduate education, the dynamics of racism in relation to patient care, and patient race-bias. The individual conversations address a broad range of issues, including the challenges of living in a duality of cultures, race-based bias in nursing and healthcare, reasons for the persistence of racism in nursing, and ideas for creating an anti-racist future.

The leadership group on the project includes our “Overdue” host Lucinda Canty, and participants Frankie Manning, Gayle Robinson, Sue Hagedorn, Melissa Mokel and Raeann LeBlanc. The project was funded and produced through the generous support of Seedworks Films, and produced in conjunction with StoryCenter, an international participatory media organization. The StoryCenter staff who produced the films are Sharon Latimer-Mosley, Joe Lambert, Jonny Chang, and Armand Jayne.

We are thrilled with this dimension of our “Overdue” work! But our work is far from over! We have taken “time off” for the summer, but we will resume our active project work in September! Watch our “Overdue” page for more information, and join our email lists for more information going forward!

My university did not train me to be a combat soldier!


Contributor: Rebekah J. Salt

In the United States, as of May, there were 212 reported mass shootings, and the number is steadily rising (Diaz, 2022). In 2019, there were verified 417 mass shootings, 610 in 2020, and 692 in 2021 (Gun Violence Archive, 2022). In 2021 of the 692, a reported 34 of those were in educational institutions (Education Week, 2022).

The Uvalde massacre of 19 innocent little souls and their two dedicated teachers once again caused me to reflect on my purpose and future as an educator. I am saturated and weary of the constant excuses, propaganda, and proposals of strategies that are geared toward imprisoning us in the institutions that were designed to liberate us. I started my graduate journey 25 years ago idealistic and community health focused. My university did not train me to be a combat soldier!

My university taught me to unpack my philosophical backpack. They challenged me to consider my privilege, to explore injustice and inequity, and to advocate for vulnerable populations. I refuse to repack that backpack with the status quo. My university taught me to navigate with a social justice lens and to train nurses to provide compassionate, safe, and culturally sensitive care. My university did not train me to be an assault weapons specialist.

My university taught me boots-on-the-ground strategies and prevention. They trained me to operationalize a community-based approach that promotes health and well-being. I was taught to leave the world a better place than I found it. My university did not train me to be a combat strategist.

My university taught me how to navigate a public health crisis. They trained me to collaborate, educate, vaccinate, and protect students, patients, and the public against threats like  SARS-CoV-2. My university did not train me in combat maneuvers to protect students, patients, and the public from bullets.

I refuse to carry a backpack filled with fear and despair. Right now, I do not know how this latest mass shooting will affect policy or if anyone will listen, but what I do know is that my university did not train me to be a combat solider!

Sources

Diaz, J. (2022, May 25). 27 school shootings have taken place so far this year. https://www.npr.org/2022/05/24/1101050970/2022-school-shootings-so-far

Education Week. (2022, May 25). School shootings this year. How many and where. Retrieved from https://www.edweek.org/leadership/school-shootings-this-year-how-many-and-where/2022/01

Gun Violence Archive. (2022). Gun violence archives. Past summary ledgers. https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/past-tolls

About Rebekah Salt

Dr. Salt brings 39 years of nursing experience to her current role as an educator and nurse researcher. She earned a master’s degree in Cross Cultural and Community Health Nursing and a PhD in nursing, focusing on social determinants of health. Dr. Salt teaches community health and works with vulnerable populations using a Community-Based Participatory Research and community engaged approach. Her work has been disseminated in peer-reviewed journals and at regional, national, and international conferences.  

Indigenous Nurses Day April 10-11, 2022


Contributors:

Catherine Tanski (Kitselas/Kitsumkalum Nation), RN,
Indigenous Leadership Circle Chair, BC Nurses’ Union.
Christina Chakanyuka (Métis), RN, MN, PhD Student,
University of Victoria.
Nikki Rose Hunter Porter (St’uxwtews),, RN, MN Student,
Thompson Rivers University.
Michelle Padley (Métis), RN, MN Student,
Thompson Rivers University.
Mona Lisa Bourque Bearskin (Beaver Lake Cree Nation), RN, PhD, BC
Chair Indigenous Health Research in Nursing,
Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University.

Participate in Social Media Events for Sunday, April 10th
https://www.nnpbc.com/pdfs/events/nnpbc/2022/ind/2022-Celebrating-Indigenous-Nurses-Day.pdf

Attend Virtual Celebration Events on Monday, April 11th
https://inside.tru.ca/events/event/bc-indigenous-nurses-day-celebration/  

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12 as International Nurses Day on the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). Since that time, Nurses Week has been attached to the week of May 12 worldwide.

In light of provincial and national efforts to dismantle a widely recognized colonial healthcare system, many Indigenous nurses are calling for Indigenous Nurses Day to be held separate and apart from mainstream Nurses Week. From an Indigenous health viewpoint, Nightingale built the nursing model largely upon Eurocentric and paternalistic views, and her reign was during the height of British Imperial colonization upon Indigenous Peoples. Further, it was Nightingale’s research which served as the template for nursing models implemented in Canada’s Indian Hospitals and throughout segregated healthcare services, a legacy that still haunts Indigenous survivors. It is our collective position that continuing to celebrate Florence Nightingale as the “beacon of nursing” does a disservice to Indigenous nurses who do not align with her vision. The New Zealand Nurses Organization has already taken a clear position on this (see link below).

Beginning this year, we are celebrating Indigenous Nurses Day on April 10, the birthday of Edith Monture – the first Indigenous person to practice as a registered nurse within the Canadian healthcare system in 1914. We aim to elevate the voices of Indigenous nurses and bring attention to their important role in improving Indigenous health equity. For example, did you know that St’at’imx nurse Rose Casper was the first First Nations person to become a nurse in Western Canadian in 1955?

We ask that you join the Indigenous Leadership Circle (ILC) at the British Columbia Nurses’ Union and the Indigenous Health Nursing Research Team along with community partners in our endeavor to promote the recognition of our past, present, and future Indigenous nurses on April 10 as a new official date. On this day, Indigenous nurses and allies can proudly celebrate the history and legacy of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nurses! This celebration will include Indigenous guest speakers, sharing circles, and stories shared by the families of Edith Monture and Rose Casper.

This event is in the spirit of the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, and the recent In Plain Sight Report which detailed entrenched racism in BC healthcare.

On behalf of Indigenous Leadership Circle with BCNU and the Indigenous Health Nursing Research Team, we thank you for your time in considering our vision and standing in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples on the frontlines of healthcare.

Warmly in wellness,

Catherine Tanski RN
ILC Provincial Chair
BC Nurses’ Union

Tribute to Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture, (1890 – 1996)

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“Edith” was born on April 10 and belonged to the Six Nations reserve in Ohsweken near Brantford, Ontario. She was a member of the Mohawk tribe and the youngest of eight siblings. When in her early 20s, Edith applied to several nursing schools in Ontario. However, Canada’s Indian Act placed restrictions on the pursuit of higher education by all Status Indians and Edith was refused acceptance. Edith instead applied in the United States and was accepted into the Rochelle Nursing School in New York. Edith became a registered nurse in 1914, after graduating first in her class. Edith was the first registered nurse of Indigenous descent in Canadian history.

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Download the Indigenous Nurses Day Poster here. (PDF)

Download the Event Schedule here (PDF)
REGISTER HERE

For More Information contact indigenous@bcnu.org or IHNR@tru.ca

Associated Links (6)

Additional Associated Links (6)

Edith Anderson Monture: The 1st First Nations Registered Nurse in Canada
https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/edith-anderson-monture-indigenous-nurses-day-1.5126441

St’at’imx Nurse Rose Casper Retires After 50 Years of Service: First Native Nurse in Western Canada (FNHA, 2013, p. 6)
Link: https://lnkd.in/gBEW4538

21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality (REVIEW)
Link: https://www.canadashistory.ca/explore/books/21-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-indian-act

In Search of the Truth: Uncovering Nursing’s Involvement in Colonial Harms and Assimilative Policies Five Years Post Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Link: https://witness.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/default/article/view/51

NZ Nurses Organization: Why we aren’t celebrating Florence’s birthday
Link: https://www.croakey.org/nz-nurses-organisation-why-we-arent-celebrating-florences-birthday/

Nursing Clio: Beyond Florence (Series)
Link: https://nursingclio.org/topics/beyond-florence/

“White Nurses: This Is On Us” – A 3-Saturday Zoom series on March 26, April 2 and April 9, 2022.  4-5:30 pm Eastern.


Organized as part of the project “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing.” We invite all white nurses to join us for these courageous conversions, focusing on our own often unrecognized complicity in sustaining racism.  Nurses of color are welcome, but the discussion will focus on white nurses’ accountability.

Attendance at all three sessions is encouraged, but not required. Peggy Chinn and Christina Nyirati will lead discussions that will focus on three themes:

  • Coming to terms with the history of white supremacy in nursing
  • Recognizing and interrupting microaggressions
  • Changes that we can enact in our interactions with people of color.

Lucinda Canty and Valorie Taylor, co-organizers of “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing” will be present to provide feedback and direction during and following our meetings; they are passionate about supporting the change for white nurses. They bring deep compassion to this process, and join us in supporting accountability for real change in nursing.

Register here for the meetings – the same zoom connection will apply to all three weeks of the series.