Three events this week at UNCP about Native America


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 &#8220Tradi-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 &#8220The 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, &#8220Sacred Soul.” He had acting roles in films such as &#8220War Party,” &#8220The Last of the Mohicans” and &#8220Thunderheart.” 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 &#8220Native 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.

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