First Posted: 1/15/2009
A speech Monday by Native American political activist Dennis Banks is one of several informative and exciting events next week at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
n Banks will speak at the Native American Resource Center in Old Main at 7 p.m. The event is free and the public is welcome.
n UNCP’s first Spring Pow-wow is Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., next to Old Main. The opening ceremony is at noon and admission is free.
n The 2nd annual Southeast Indian Studies Confer-ence, titled “Tradi-tion, Identity and Recog-nition,” is Thursday and Friday, at the Regional Center at COMtech.
A member of the Anishinabe Tribe, Banks’ program is titled “The Sacred Run and Native History.” Born on Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, he is a teacher, lecturer, activist and author. He is co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM).
Banks is an award-winning author with his autobiography, “Sacred Soul.” He had acting roles in films such as “War Party,” “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Thunderheart.” He travels the world lecturing on American Indian issues, and drug and alcohol counseling.
Performers at the Spring Pow-wow include Ray Little Turtle, master of ceremonies; Bobby Hurt, head male dancer; Jennifer Brown, head female dancer; Stoney Creek, host northern drum; Southern Sun, host southern drum; and Sharon Berrun, arena director/head judge.
This is a contest pow-wow. Come out for dancing, singing, food, fun and fellowship. For more information, contact: (910) 521-6282 or email [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].
The Southeast Indian Studies Conference is a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian studies in the region.
The keynote speaker is American Indian scholar and Lumbee Indian David Wilkins, a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. From Pembroke, Wilkins, Ph.D., will speak on “Native Nations and States: Evolving Relations.”
Scholars from UNCP and many other universities will offer seminars on a variety of topics from Native American athletic mascots to the prospects for gambling in Pembroke.
Registration is $30 and includes breaks and lunches. Deadline for registration is Monday.
n Scott Bigelow is the associate director of public relations for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.