POLITICAL REFUGEE TO ADDRESS SACRED LAND RIGHTS

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – James Eyabay Pitawanakwat will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Pitawanakwat is an Anishinaabe of the Wikwemikong First Nation. He was one of the first Native Americans to be granted political asylum in the United States after being involved in an armed standoff with the Canadian Army in 1995 over the use of a sacred site in British Columbia.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Pitawanakwat was imprisioned in Canada for his involvement in the standoff, which started off as an annual sun dance. A United States court granted him political asylum, citing the standoff as a defense of tribal sovereignty.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The presentation is sponsored by the NMU graduate student union, North Country Greens and Speak-UP and is funded by the student activity fee. Admission is free to NMU students and $1 for the general public.



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