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UW-Eau Claire to Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month

RELEASED: Nov. 6, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites the campus and Chippewa Valley communities to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs' chili feed will run from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The free event will feature meat and veggie chili with all the fixings and fry bread prepared by the Native American Student Association. To reserve a spot, contact Christine Webster at websteck@uwec.edu on or before Nov. 7.

On Nov. 11 a bus trip will be offered to the 30th annual Lac Courte Oreilles Veterans Day Pow Wow in Hayward. The bus will leave from Kjer Theatre at 3 p.m. and return at 11 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. To reserve a seat, contact the American Indian Studies office at 715-836-6045. Space is limited to 45 people.

Nichole Ray, an Oglala Lakota and American Indian Studies graduate, will lead an American Indian beading workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in The Cabin of Davies Center. Instruction and materials will be provided for $3 a person. Proceeds will benefit a bone marrow drive in memory of the late mathematics professor Eberth Alarcon.

"The Way of the Warrior" will screen from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. The Patty Loew-produced documentary examines the warrior ethic and bravery of Native Americans serving in World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars. Difficult personal and societal conditions caused an influx of Natives into wartime military service. Loew, a UW-Madison associate professor, is from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwa.

Dr. James Oberly, professor of history, will discuss more than 150 years of political turmoil faced by the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Indians from 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. This Native group migrated from New York to Wisconsin starting in the 1820s and continuing up to the post-World War II generation. Today, they continue their quest to maintain their tribal and cultural identities. The event is free.

For details, contact Lyndsay Nelson, president of the Native American Student Association, at nelsonly@uwec.edu or Christine Webster at websteck@uwec.edu or 715-836-3367.

Unless otherwise listed, events are sponsored all or in part by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, American Indian Studies and the Native American Student Association.

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