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Closing Ceremony: The Future is the Past/On Rematriating the Land

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  • Chief Vincent Mann

    Chief Mann is the Turtle Clan Chief of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, NJ-NY. Chief Mann has held the title of Turtle Clan Chief for approximately twelve years. For the past five years, he has
    worked with the NYU Environmental Studies department. In that time, he participated in the construction and implementation of a community health survey focused on identifying and addressing health concerns within his community. Chief Mann has been at the forefront of the New Jersey environmental justice movement, where he has worked to protect the water supply of 4 million people and advocated for the community living in close proximity to the Ringwood mines superfund site. He and Clan Mother Michaeline Picaro Mann founded the Munsee Three Sisters Medicinal Farm in 2020.

  • Brent Stonefish

    Brent Stonefish, Turtle Clan, is Lunaapeew and a member of Eelūnaapèewi Lahkèewiit (Delaware Nation) in Ontario Canada. He is married to Robin King Stonefish, Eagle Clan, and is the father of two children, Hannah and Xander. Brent holds a BA in Native Studies from Trent University and a MES from York University and is on leave from his doctoral studies at OISE/UT. Brent has work extensively in western educational institutions, urban Indigenous communities and for various First Nations communities. Brent actively uses the skills and knowledge acquired through his mother, valued Elders, ceremony and western education in all aspects of his personal and professional life. Brent has been an education administrator, educator, lecturer, drummer/singer, counsellor, elected First Nations councilor, ceremonialist, policy analyst, manager, an author and is an all-around good guy.