Trudie Lamb-Richmond is an educator and author belonging to the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, one of five Indian tribes in the state of Connecticut. She has been involved in Native American educational and political issues for over forty years.
A graduate of Long Island University with a master's degree in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and a master’s in Education from the Bank Street College of Education, Richmond is a Native storyteller who frequently gives seminars in Ledyard, Connecticut, and elsewhere in New England. She served as Director of Public Programs for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, and was the Director of Education for the Public Programs for the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut from 1988 to 1993 and its assistant director from 1993 to 1996. In 1974, she co-founded American Indians for Development (A.I.D.), serving as its Assistant Director until 1986. In 1987 the Governor of Connecticut (William O'Neill), appointed Richmond to a task force on Native American issues. Richmond was also a member of the Connecticut Indian Affairs Council (C.I.A.C.) from 1974 to 1985, and served on the Native American Heritage Committee as a legislative appointee.
Trudie Lamb Richmond was born and raised on the Schaghticoke reservation in northwestern Connecticut. Her storytelling and teachings are shared among other tribal members in southern New England.
In 2010, Richmond retired as the Director of Public Programs at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center after fifteen years.
- The First People's Fund Community Spirit awarded Trudie Lamb Rihmond for her lifetime work as an educator and Native storyteller.
Additionally, Richmond has consulted and collaborated with a number of scholars, including Lucianne Lavin, Amy Den Ouden, and Russell Handsman She has also published many essays of her own, relating to her tribal heritage.
- The Spirit of the Drum (1986) and Perspectives:
- Authentic Voices of Native Americans (1996).
- With fellow tribal member Ruth Garby Torres, she edited the Schaghticoke section of Dawnland Voices: Writing from Indigenous New England(2014), in which her essay on Schaghticoke elder and culture keeper Eunice Mauwee (1756-1860) appears.
- Native Storytelling
- Schaghticoke Rally and Protest, Jan. 29, 2009 in Hartford CT
- Mashantucket Pequot Museum, 2010
- Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center - Staff Biographies
- Lavin, Lucianne (2013). Connecticut's Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History, and Oral Traditions Teach Us about Their Communities and Cultures. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. xv.
- Den Ouden, Amy (2005). Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. p. 23.
- Handsman, Russell; Lamb-Richmond, Trudie (2010). Preucel, Robert; Mrozowski, Stephen, eds. Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 24ff.