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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October 22, 2010