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Erin Pouppirt, Speaker

Independent scholar and member of the Kaw Nation

Charles Curtis: The First Native American Vice President

Charles Curtis was the 31st vice president of the United States and the first member of an Indigenous tribe to hold this position. Curtis served as President Herbert Hoover’s vice president from 1929 to 1933, during a time when prejudice towards Native Americans was intense and widespread. This presentation will explore Curtis’s Kaw heritage and political rise from Topeka lawyer to Hoover’s running mate in Washington, D.C. 

Contact Erin directly about speaking at your event: 
eblackshere@yahoo.com
(913) 322-1740
Overland Park

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