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Dorothy FireCloud, NPS Native American Affairs Liaison, to speak at Flagler College

Oct 31, 2022

Flagler College and the National Park Service, with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, announce a Native American Heritage Month program. On November 16 and 17, 2022, special events will take place to remember and honor the Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors imprisoned at Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos) from 1875-1878. The events feature memorial ceremonies, remembrances, and educational sessions.

Dorothy FireCloud, NPS Native American Affairs Liaison, will close the events with a keynote address. on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7 p.m. in Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street. Lewis Auditorium will open at 6 p.m. on a first come, first served, basis for security screening before the program which is FREE and open to the public.

In October, 2020, FireCloud became the Native American Affairs Liaison and Assistant to the Director in the National Park Service (NPS). Her responsibilities include ensuring the NPS meets the requirements of the Department of the Interior’s Policy on Consultation with Tribal Nations, and supporting the Director on issues impacting Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.

From 2012 to 2020, FireCloud served as Superintendent at two Puebloan NPS sites, Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument in the Verde Valley of Arizona.  She joined the National Park Service in 2006 as Superintendent of Devils Tower National Monument, a site of significant spiritual connection to her tribe. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the New Mexico School of Law and has been a member of the New Mexico State Bar since 1991.


Program Events – FREE and Open to the Public

Throughout the two days of events, educational sessions will be presented. Topics will include history of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the long-lasting impacts and intergenerational trauma of imprisonments and assimilation efforts, Native American prisoner of war burials in St. Augustine, and the importance and impact of art in recording and preserving Tribal heritage. For more detailed information, please visit         

Castillo de San Marcos: Interpreting Tribal Heritage at Fort Marion

 Fort Marion (now Castillo de San Marcos) was used as a prison for Native Americans during conflicts in the 19th Century (1837, 1870s, and 1880s). The National Park Service, in coordination with Flagler College, continues to learn and develop new ways to interpret these significant periods in the history of Castillo de San Marcos. Together, the National Park Service and Flagler College have worked closely with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma to explore the much-needed perspective of the descendants of those imprisoned.  




About Flagler College

Flagler College, ranked #2 Best Regional College in the south by U.S. News & World Report, encourages students within its 33 majors and 41 minors to think boldly- embrace their futures with confidence, knowledge and enlightened perspectives. Located in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., Flagler’s 2,400 students live in a small town with big adventures. Flagler College was founded in 1968 within the Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark built by Henry Flagler, Standard Oil co-founder and visionary behind the Florida East Coast Railway. St. Augustine’s history and culture, including the legacy Henry Flagler left to the campus, encourages lifelong inquiry, creativity and expanded self-awareness. For more information about Flagler College, visit

About the National Park Service

Built by the Spanish in St. Augustine to defend Florida and the Atlantic trade route, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument preserves the oldest masonry fortification in the continental United States and interprets more than 450 years of cultural intersections. To learn about the Castillo, please visit the park website at Follow the Castillo on Facebook (CastilloNPS) and Instagram (castillonps). Follow Fort Matanzas on Facebook (FortMatanzasNPS) and Instagram (fortmatanzasnps).

Thank you to the following organizations for their support to make these events possible.


City of St. Augustine

Casa Monica Resort and Spa

Old Town Trolley Tours

St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Visitors and Convention Bureau

Double Tree by Hilton

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