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Native American Heritage Month celebration

October 28, 2010

Colorado State University's Native American Cultural Center is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a series of events beginning Thursday, Oct. 28 and lasting through the month of November. The events are intended to educate the CSU and local community about the Native American culture, history, and customs.

Culture, customs, and history

"The Native American Cultural Center and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society are very proud of the variety of events being held during Native American Heritage Month,” said Ty Smith, director of CSU’s Native American Cultural Center.

“I know our time schedules can be very busy during this time of year, but I encourage everyone to take advantage of events such as these to learn more about another culture.”

Schedule of events

Thursday, Oct. 28

Pow-wow 101
5-6 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 213-215

Local resident, Randy Medicine Bear, will explain the basics of Pow-wow. The presentation will range from the different styles of dancing, singing, to the traditional aspects of Pow-wow. Pow-wow is a wonderful way to remember and celebrate heritage, culture and traditions among Native Americans. (Sponsored by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and the Associated Students of Colorado State University)

Friday, Oct. 29

Ram Nation and Southern Otlawz Drum Groups Performance and Frybread Sale
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza

To celebrate Native American Awareness Month, these well known drum groups will provide a performance on the LSC Plaza. Frybread will be sold during the event. (Sponsored by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and the Associated Students of Colorado State University)

Saturday, Oct. 30

Colorado State University 28th Annual Pow-wow
Pow-wow, Noon-10 p.m.
Grand Entry, 7 p.m.
Pow-wow Feed, 5 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Main Ballroom

In an effort to increase awareness of Native cultures at Colorado State University the Native American Cultural Center, American Indian Science & Engineering Society, the Associated Students of Colorado State University and Colorado State University will sponsor the 28th Annual CSU Pow-wow.

Community members and students alike are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event, which will feature Native dancers, drum groups, food, social events, and more. The drum groups Southern Outlawz and Grammy nominated Northern Cree will perform.

Monday, Nov. 1

Sand Creek Massacre and the Northern Arapaho Tribe: Past and Present
Noon–1 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 213-215

Ben Ridgley is a tribal representative of the Northern Arapaho Sand Creek Project Committee. The Sand Creek Massacre happened on Nov. 29, 1864 when 650 volunteer Colorado militia attacked a camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians along Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado. More than 250 Cheyenne and Arapahos were killed that morning, mostly women, children and elders. The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic site was officially authorized on Nov. 7, 2000.

Please join us for an informative presentation on the Sand Creek Massacre and what it still means to Northern Arapaho Tribe. (Sponsored by the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Sand Creek Memorial and the Associated Students of Colorado State University)

Wednesday, Nov. 3       

Native Women Contemporary Perspectives in Higher Education
Noon-1 p.m.                
Lory Student Center, Room 220-221

Native Women’s Circle is designed to help retain female Native students at CSU by providing a culturally inclusive and sensitive atmosphere on campus. While there are many Indian Nations represented in our circle, we all come together on the common ground of supporting our Native community through family, pow-wows and academic programs. It is our goal to provide a community that is the basis for academic success and help build the foundation for Native women to obtain professional careers. (Sponsored by the Native Womens Circle and Native American Cultural Center)

Thursday, Nov. 4

Influences of Indigenous American Peoples on Modern Day
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Rockwell Hall, Room 119

Timothy Penttila, a CSU Mathematics professor, will touch on everything from crops to Astronomy, bringing it all together to show the impact Native people have had on modern culture. He will focus on the three ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas, who left written records of their scientific and mathematical findings. Penttila will also speak about great mathematical advancements that first occurred in the Americas. (Sponsored by Accion and the CSU Mathematics department)

Friday, Nov. 5

Duhesa Art Lounge Exhibit Opening
5-8 p.m.                                              
Lory Student Center, Duhesa Lounge

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the opening of a new exhibition of work by contemporary Native American artists from the Southwest. Highlighting the creativity and passion of these living artists, the exhibit continues the celebration of Native American cultures throughout its stay at CSU. Ceremony includes performances by Ram Nation Drum Group. The new exhibit will feature artwork selected from various southwestern Native American artists. (Sponsored by Student Activities and the Lory Student Center Arts Program)

Monday, Nov. 8                                             

Two Spirits Documentary with Discussion
6-9 p.m.                                              
Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room

Two Spirits tells a nuanced story of what it means to live at the intersections of poverty, being a transgender person, and being a part of the Navajo community in Cortez, Colo. The documentary examines the lives of Fred Martinez, his friends, family, the police, and those in the larger community who were most affected by his murder. Popcorn will be served and the screening will be followed by a discussion. Interpreters provided for all events. A discussion facilitated by Roe Bubar, an ethnic studies professor at CSU, will follow the screening. (Sponsored by Campus Activities; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; and the Native American Cultural Center)

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Tar Creek Documentary
6-8 p.m.
Clark A, Room 103

Shining a light on one of the country’s worst environmental disasters on native lands, Tar Creek offers the stranger-than-fiction tale of Picher, Okla.: Once home to the largest lead mines in the world and now a place WIRED Magazine calls “Armageddon, USA”. Eye opening and gut wrenching, Tar Creek offers a glimpse into America’s darkest environmental future and tells the story of the Quapaw Indians who are currently set to inherit it. After the film, director Matt Myers will talk about what has happened to the Tar Creek area and Quapaw Indian community since the film was finished and will answer audience questions. (Sponsored by the Native American Cultural Center and Campus Activities)

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Panel Discussion: Stereotyping Native Americans
7-8:30 p.m.                                              
The Coloradoan, 1300 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins, Colo.

Historically the commonly held perception of Native Americans in the western United States has been skewed by Hollywood, the mass media and sports mascots to reinforce inaccurate stereotypes. These oversimplified images and ideas have perpetuated an unrealistic view of Native Americans. Staff and students from the Native American Cultural Center will host a panel discussion to discuss commonly held stereotypes about Native Americans. (Sponsored by the Native American Cultural Center and the League of Women Voters)

Thursday, Nov. 11

Discussion with Twilight star Chaske Spencer
7-9 p.m.                                              
Lory Student Center, East & Middle Ballrooms
Admission $3, free with CSU ID

Chaske Spencer, right, an actor from the Twilight saga and a Native American activist, will speak candidly about overcoming his addiction to drugs and alcohol in hopes of empowering young people to make the shift to a more positive and productive lifestyle. Chaske plays Sam Uley, the leader of the wolf pack in the films.

Chaske is also a spokesperson for ‘Be The Shift’, an organization which raises awareness and resources for building sustainable communities, reducing poverty and alcohol & substance abuse in Native American communities. (Sponsored by the Native American Cultural Center, Campus Activities, Lila B. Morgan Fund, Parents Fund, and the Ethnic Studies Department)

Monday, Nov. 15                                             

Bonding Ties: An Exploration into Native American & Hispanic Relationships                             
Noon-1 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 213-215

Bonding Ties: An Exploration into Native American & Hispanic Relationships will include a discussion about the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo and exploring the ties of Native Americans and Hispanics that may still be reflected in today’s society. The discussion will be facilitated by ethnic studies graduate student David Young. (Sponsored by El Centro and the Native American Cultural Center)

Friday, Nov. 19                                            

Diversity, Education and Leadership in the 21st Century: Reflections from Dr. Frank Sanchez
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 213-215

Alumnus Dr. Frank Sanchez will share his perspective on the complex educational challenges facing our indigenous student populations with a particular emphasis on Latino and Native American students in Colorado and across the nation. He will examine the conceptual framework of diversity on campus, explore the future of educational pathways serving diverse communities and propose a new mental model of leadership, activism and cultural competency as a way of promoting authentic and meaningful social change. (Sponsored by Accion)

Native American Book Displays (throughout the month of November)


The Native American Cultural Center would like to thank and acknowledge the following organizations for their participation: Accion; Associated Students of Colorado State University; American Indian Science & Engineering Society; Ethnic Studies; Native Women’s Circle; Division of Student Affairs; The Coloradoan; League of Women Voters; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Northern Arapaho Sand Creek Project; CSU Bookstore; Morgan Library; Lory Student Center; Poudre River Public Library District; Campus Activities; and the Ram Nation Drum Group.