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University events honor Native American Heritage Month

Friday, November 1, 2013

Native American HeritageMissouri State University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month throughout November with a variety of events and activities on- and off-campus. Approved by Congress in 1990, November became the official Native American Heritage Month as a result of a century-long attempt to establish a day of recognition for the first Americans.

Exhibits will feature Native American art and artifacts all month long in Meyer Library, Room 306, and on the fourth floor of Strong Hall.

The events celebrating the month include:

Nov. 5
Multicultural programs will present Joseph Firecrow, Native American Flutist at 7 p.m. at the Plaster Student Union (PSU) Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

Nov. 6
The Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) will host the Missouri Archaeological Society Guest Speaker and Panel Discussion at 7 p.m. at 622 S. Kimbrough Ave.

Nov. 13
The Yellowhair family, Kiowa Native Americans from Oklahoma, will lead a Plains Indian Handgame at 7 p.m. in the first floor atrium of the PSU.

Nov. 14
A Native American Lunch will be featured at 11:30 a.m. in the Union Club, on the fourth floor of the PSU. Music and a slide show will accompany the lunch.

Author and American hero Samuel Holiday will present Navajo Code Talker at 7 p.m. in Carrington Hall, Room 208. Holiday will sign copies of his new book, “Under the Eagle,” after his talk.

Nov. 16-17
In celebration of traditional Native American dancing, singing and drumming, Missouri State will host the 9th Native American Heritage Month Powwow at Hammons Student Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. for arts and crafts sales. Dancing is scheduled from noon-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-11 p.m.

Nov. 18
A lecture and screening of “Native Visions” will honor contemporary Native American life at 7 p.m. in the PSU Theater.

Nov. 25
Dr. William Meadows will host the brown bag talk on the 2013 Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Native American Code Talkers at noon in PSU, Room 313.

Native American Heritage Month events at Missouri State are sponsored by the division for diversity and inclusion; Meyer Library; office of the provost; student affairs; College of Humanities and Public Affairs; College of Arts and Letters; departments of sociology and anthropology, history, modern and classical languages, military sciences and music; and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Nation of Minnesota.

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