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Native American history river paddle planned for Oct. 15

RELEASED: Sept. 30, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Environmental Adventure Center will host a Native American history paddle on the Chippewa and Red Cedar rivers beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 15.

The canoe trip includes an 8-mile paddle down both rivers starting at the County Highway Y bridge in Dunnville and ending at Round Hill on the lower Chippewa River near Durand. Sophomore American Indian studies and history major Robert Bell, Chippewa Falls, will also present his research on local river systems and the war between the Ojibwe and Dakota tribes during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up in advance in the EAC during normal hours of operation, listed on the EAC website. Participants need to provide their own canoes, paddles, vests and transportation to Dunnville and from Round Hill. The cost is $10, which includes a dinner at the rustic brick oven at Round Hill.

The event is sponsored by the EAC, UW-Eau Claire American Indian Studies program and the Round Hill Corp.

For more information, contact Dan Langlois, EAC, at 715-836-3616 or Dr. Wendy Geniusz, American Indian studies, at 715-836-6045.

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