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Students preparing to depart for spring break trip to LCO Reservation

RELEASED: March 26, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Fifteen students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences will have the opportunity to spend spring break at the Lac Courte Ojibwe Reservation near Hayward, volunteering either at the LCO Ojibwe K-12 school, the Waadookodaading bilingual/bicultural charter school or the LCO Head Start center.

Students will participate in events at the LCO Ojibwe Community College March 28-April 1, where they will meet with students and faculty members. Jerry Smith, LCO historic preservation officer, master storyteller and spiritual healer also will be present.

A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held from 3-5 p.m. March 26 in Room 253 of Brewer Hall. UW-Eau Claire alumna Sheila Corbine, attorney general for the Ho Chunk Nation and financial supporter for the immersion trip; and Odawa White, UW-Eau Claire alumnus and retention coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will be guest speakers. Corbine will talk about Indian tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, and White will discuss culturally respectful interaction. Dr. Jerry Worley, assistant professor of education studies, will cover the event for the Tribal Colleges Journal.

Dr. Larry Solberg, associate dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences, and Worley are coordinating the event. Lodging and transportation will be provided by the College of Education and Human Sciences and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

For more information, contact Dr. Larry Solberg at solberlc@uwec.edu or 715-836-3671.

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