Dee Ann Sherwood earned a B.S. in Psychology, an M.A. in Social Work, and a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. She is completing her doctorate at Michigan State University with a dissertation focused on Women's Leadership and Social Work.

Events Held at CMU

Violence Prevention in Indian Country: Traditional Teachings for Today

Presented by Steven Perry and Dee Ann Sherwood
Monday, March 12, 2012

Steven (Naganashe) Perry descends from The Naganashe family of the Waganakising Odawa and The Shingwauk family of Kitigan-zeeping Ojibwe Reserve in Ontario. He has a BS in Business, a BSW in Social Work and a MA in Education with a major in Native American Studies. He was a Post-Graduate Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University and is a graduate of their Educational Management program. Over the past 25 years, Steven has served in various teaching capacities, including a Tribal School administrator, and lectured at the undergraduate/graduate level at several Michigan Universities. He has created for and integrated specialized curriculum into many schools across the U.S. and Canada using Native traditions, and Earth Mother as a classroom. In addition, he is recognized for his work with youth and a family intervention program which brings traditional practices and beliefs into the teaching and instruction of Native people and professionals working with Native populations. 

Widening the Circle of the Lens: American Indians and the Media

Presented by Dee Ann Sherwood and Jeff Smith

Monday, March 19, 2012
Jeff Smith has been the Director of the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) since 1998. GRIID teaches media literacy, acts as a local media watchdog, publishes reports on local media, conducts media workshops/training and does independent journalism. Smith also has co-edited a community newspaper, produced a local TV show, hosted a local radio program in Grand Rapids and produced several documentaries on media and human rights issues, including a series of films under the People's History of Grand Rapids Project.


From Bimaadiziwin to Boarding Schools: American Indians and Education

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 & Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dee Ann Sherwood, the Denison Visiting Professor of Native American Studies, presented a 90-minute interactive, multi-media workshop on the intergenerational impact of American Indian Boarding Schools. She discussed the loss of languages, relationships, and culture as well as the resilience and strength of Indigenous communities. The event featured a reception with drummers, art vendors and traditional Native foods prior to the presentation.