A Little About Us

Carol A. Hand

Boozhoo! (Ojibwe “Hello”)

Welcome to Voices from the Margins. I’m Carol Hand, an enrolled member of the Sokaogon Ojibwe Community, one of the 6 bands of Ojibwe people located in what is now the state of Wisconsin. During my early childhood, I spent my school years in New Jersey where I was born, and my summers with relatives on the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe reservation in Wisconsin. My bi-cultural heritage has had a profound influence on my life.


My educational background includes a BA, MSSW, and Ph.D., all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During my career, I served as social work faculty for universities in Wisconsin, Montana, and Illinois where my primary emphasis included organizational change, community development, and policy analysis and advocacy. Before joining academia, I worked as the aging network supervisor for a state department of health and social services and as deputy director of health and human services for an inter-tribal council. I have also worked in a variety of settings as a program developer, public speaker, grant-writer, program evaluator, and researcher. My passion remains working from a liberatory praxis perspective with individuals and communities that have experienced oppression to transform oppressive social structures through consciousness-raising and non-violent community-directed action.

In 2011, I retired and teach part-time for a private college satellite program located at a tribal and community college.  In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, gardening, listening to stories from diverse cultural backgrounds, and spending time with my family and grandchildren. I have recently learned how much I love reading blogs that teach me about diverse topics from so many different perspectives, and I try to contribute in small ways to the voices of resistance from the margins.

Cheryl A. Bates (Update Coming soon)

Miriam Schacht (Update Coming Soon)


During the past year, we have been fortunate to work with a number of contributing authors. Their work has added to the depth and breadth of perspectives from different vantage points in the circle of life. Please see the Guest Authors page for more information about them and their contributions.




Please consider contributing your ideas. I welcome dialogue and guest authors who want to join the conversation about creative resistance to hegemony.

86 Responses to A Little About Us

  1. Tom sr says:

    WOW.. way to go sweetheart, very good. Loving you Dad.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gator Woman says:

    Wonderful to meet you!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Harold Green says:

    Hi Carol,
    Thank you for “Liking” the post “Emerging Spring” on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment.

    We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.  

    Best Regards,

    Liked by 1 person

  4. A dual blog how wonderful, being from Alabama and living now in Wisconsin I am going to enjoy the wonderful post. Thank you for following my blog. Ann

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  5. Robbie says:

    You both sound like very interesting people that have had a great life journey, I look forward to reading your blog:-)


  6. mytiturk says:

    Thanks for following my blog.
    I have been following native issues closely since the Idlenomore movement. Canadian government is pulling out all the stops to divide amd destroy Canada’s indigenous peoples. I still have much to learn and contact with you and your blog will broaden my views. My thoughts and native heroes are expressed or listed in my category “indigenous peoples.” I’d appreciate your comments.

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  7. petrel41 says:


    I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award.

    More about this nomination is at



  8. susanissima says:

    Looking forward to learning hear on your blog. And thank you for following mine.


  9. narf77 says:

    Wow! I just trotted over here to take a peek at your blog because you just followed my humble little offering at Serendipity Farm in Tasmania Australia and I am floored by your credentials ladies :). Love your lives, your diverse backgrounds, and your lovely blog. Welcome to Serendipity Farm and heres hoping we have some great mutual community development here in the ether 🙂


    • carolahand says:

      I love your blog — and your story about Brunhilda. Here, in the north central U.S., it’s slowly becoming spring and I’m eagerly awaiting the time when my furnace finally stops running. Your post reminded me of my younger days when I lived off the grid and depended on a woodstove for heat, and a generator for 4 hours of power a day to pump water and run my computer so I could finish my education. Mostly I read with light from candles or gas lamps. I do miss it sometimes, and still listen for the surge of the generator when I turn on the water. I applaud you and Steve for your commitment to living in a sustainable way, and I look forward to reading more about your adventures.


      • narf77 says:

        Its lovely to connect with people who “get it” as so many don’t :). There is SO much contentment…of the deep soul stuffing kind, to be found in doing things yourself. In engaging your mind to solve problems. Stevie-boy and I are both mature aged students and applying what we learn to our lives here is an amazing thing. As students we also tend to be penniless BUT we are time rich. I guess I am an optimist, I don’t bother with negitivity (it gets on my nerves) as it bogs you down and sets you in concrete sometimes. If it can be done, do it, if it can’t (for whatever reason) accept it and move on to something that can. Every age has it’s beauty and I am finding that middle age has a serene and most beautiful clarity that is rewarding me in leaps and bounds…now I just wish that my knees would join in on the party and stop protesting my positive actions! 😉

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  10. Mandy says:

    So very glad I discovered your blog. Wonderful stuff here 🙂


  11. Dr. Rex says:

    TY so much for stopping by and mainly the follow!! I hope you enjoy your visits here!! Hugs …. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Dr. Rex says:

    “Oh, did I tell you I am gay? Yeah – I am and I find the word l-e-s-b-i-a-n distasteful so I refer to myself as gay when a label is necessary.” …. you’ve taken the words out of my mouth!! My sentiments exactly!!! Huge hugs …..

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  13. It is very nice to meet you both! I look forward hearing your stories. Hugs, Barbara, the Idealisticrebel.


  14. Wow, what a fascinating bio you have. So happy our paths have crossed. Paulette


  15. Shery Alexander Heinis says:

    Carol – I’m honoured that you followed my blog. Your writings are so wise, reflective, well-unformed, wonderfully crafted and honest. I know I will learn a lot from them.


  16. kanzensakura says:

    How mazingly cool is this blog!!!! My dearest friend is alive and gay and living in Johnson City. I wish she knew of people like you there because her circle of (the name of the group) LesBe Friends seems to be diminishing. I truly do thank you both for finding my blog and for following. it is a mishmash but I have fun with it. And apparently, other people do too. Please visit often and always feel welcomed. and if you ever need a guest writer, I’m happy to show off!!! I’m not that good, but I do enjoy writing and getting to know other folk in the blogosphere. I am looking forward to hearing more from you all in the future.


    • carolahand says:

      Thank you for your lovely and welcoming comments, kanzensakura. Cheryl and I look forward to following your blog. Please know that you are always welcome to send us something you would like us to post :-).


  17. Rosh says:

    Wonderful site. I look forward to reading more. Your blogging 101 post was most intriguing. Great to meet you!


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  19. Carol, did you just add your degrees or did I forget? You do not express yourself in the usual Ph.D. style and that is refreshing. And since you say you want to make your living as a writer, are you working on a book, or writing for journals? And to make this page complete, I think it would be good to tell the story of how you and Cheryl came to partner for this blog.


    • carolahand says:

      Thank you for the compliment, Skywalker. My degrees have always been listed, but I try not to write in jargon :-). I am working on 2 books – some of the draft chapters are on the blog (my mother’s story, and my study about Indian child welfare). The creator of a new Native American journal asked permission to include one of my posts in the first edition (and I agreed), and a number of other posts will be appearing in an e-book that will be used to teach English to students in Spain.

      The blogging course is teaching me the discipline to write every day and work through the tendency to give up when language doesn’t flow easily – something that happens when I’m working on pieces that incorporate a lot of historical and cultural “facts.”

      Thank you also for mentioning the story of the partnership between Cheryl and me. I have been thinking about writing a post to describe how we met and how such an odd duo decided to share a blog.

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  20. Lara/Trace says:

    What a wonderful community!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. lbeth1950 says:

    You look like fascinating folks. Sharing a blog is different. I’m going to dig around in it.

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  22. Aquileana says:

    Carol… Your blog stands out… I am adding a widget linking to it from my blog ⭐
    Thanks for sharing your amazing knowledge. Best wishes. Aquileana 😀


  23. DesertAbba says:

    Thanks for stopping by again at Sanchismos! I’d left out a link that made my point a bit clearer and have now included it in the piece about ‘women getting screwed.’

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  25. I am so grateful to be connecting with you here, Carol.
    I look forward to your inspiring posts.

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  26. Rellick says:

    Allways good to connect to another writer. You have an interesting blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. jollydee says:

    What a delightful story, thank you for sharing. Thanks for the “like” on my pages too. You are more than welcome to share any of my writings and poetry in any moment of now.
    Peace, Love and Respect All Ways 🙂

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  28. Melissa Shaw-Smith says:

    Carol, so very glad to make your acquaintance. I look forward to reading more of your blog. All the best, Melissa

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Leya says:

    You have a very interesting intro, and I thank you for finding me! Thank you also for the follow, and I will follow you back. See you!

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Lou says:

    Pleasure to meet you Carol.

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  31. Hi Carol – as I read several of your articles, I found myself appreciating the deep layers of understanding and experience you bring to the table. Then I just clicked the “follow” button so I would find my way back here to read more in the future. When I returned to my own blog, I saw that you had been there already and are following me…Wow, I feel honored. You may want to read what I wrote about my experiences in Navajo land, and the Beautyway: https://beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/canyon-memories-the-lost-art-of-storytelling/ I was deeply moved by my time with the Dine in Canyon de Chelly.

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  32. Cezane says:

    You have a splendid site! Love your concept, Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Would you regard the talks i have in my site of similar interest? – Cezane

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  33. kethuprofumo says:

    Dear Carol,

    thank you for vising and following my blog. It’s an honour to me that I’ve got another wise Reader as you’re. I hope for a fruitful cooperation.

    Best regards,


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  34. Kev says:

    Love the intro… Fascinating background, Carol. 🙂

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  35. I am a CVT and adjunct facility member, I feel you!!

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  36. spell check for me wow “faculty” too tired today

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  37. usfman says:

    Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading yours as well.

    Liked by 2 people

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