NMU PLANS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE EVENTS

            MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University will celebrate Native American Heritage month with several November events. All are free, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public.

Monday, Nov. 1: Kayndahsawin (Learning) Academy for Native American students in grades 6-12 from 6-8 p.m. in Whitman Hall. Pre-registration is required.

            Tuesday, Nov. 2: The film Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian Reel Injun will be shown at 7 p.m. in 103 Jamrich Hall. This film will include clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, along with candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists. Admission is $1.

            Friday, Nov. 5: The 10th Annual First Nations Food Taster will take place at 5 p.m. in the Jacobetti Center. The menu includes turkey, bison stew, venison meatballs, fry bread and more. Native American flute music and a hand drum performance will also be featured. Advance tickets may be purchased in 112 Whitman Hall for $5 for NMU students and $12 for the general public, including children. Tickets at the door are $7 for NMU students and children under 13 and $15 for the general public.

Monday, Nov. 8: Father John Hascall, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie band of Chippewa Indians, will give a public presentation at 7 p.m. in the Whitman Hall Commons.

            Tuesday, Nov. 9: The film The Only Good Indian will play at 7 p.m. in 103 Jamrich Hall. This film is set in Kansas during the early 1900s and follows a teenaged Native American boy who is taken from his family and forced to attend a distant Indian “training” school. He runs away, only to have a bounty hunter on his trail.

            Friday, Nov. 12: Jessica Rickert, an inductee in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame for her work relating to Native American health issues, will speak at 7 p.m. in the West Science Building’s Mead Auditorium. A member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, Rickert made history in 1975 when she became the first female American Indian dentist in the country.

            Tuesday, Nov. 16: The film Unrepentant will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 in 103 Jamrich Hall. This is a documentary about the atrocities of one Indian residential school north of Vancouver and similar happenings in other parts of North America.

            Tuesday, Nov. 30: There will be a special viewing of video vignettes from the Zaagkii (Wings and Seeds) project, which was designed to protect natural pollinators, propagate native plants and restore healthy habitat. The program runs from 4-7 p.m. in the Marquette Commons. This is also a potluck gathering, so small dishes to share are welcome.

            For more information, contact the Center for Native American Studies at 227-1397.





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