Columbia Plateau Indians and Jesuits forged a strong
relationship when Jesuits were invited to Indian territories in the 19th
century. Michael Holloman, Ph.D., (Coeur d’Alene-Spokane Tribes) Director
of the Center for Plateau Studies at Washington State University, Tom Connolly,
S.J. who has worked with the People of the Plateau for over 40 years, and
Jeanne Givens, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Member and Vice Chair of the Institute of
American Indian Arts, join with Professor Ted Fortier , Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work , in a panel and multi- media
presentation on historical significance and present-day issues of being Indian
and Catholic. “The Sacred Encounter” takes place at 7:00 p.m. on November
2 in Pigott Auditorium on the Seattle University campus.
This special event , the first in a two-year series of Gaffney lectures addressing Jesuit and Indian interactions, is made possible through funding for the
Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences. The purpose of the Gaffney Chair endowment is to promote
issues related to the Jesuit mission and identity. Professor Fortier is the
current Gaffney Chair.
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