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Native American human rights activist on campus May 4

RELEASED: May 3, 2011

Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson

EAU CLAIRE — Native American human rights activist Mike Wilson will present "Migrant Deaths Become Normalized on the Tohono O'odham Reservation" at 6:30 p.m. May 4 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Wilson, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Master Sergeant, speaks on human rights issues and immigration reform. For the past nine years Wilson has maintained water stations for migrants crossing the Arizona desert on his tribal lands, the Tohono O'odham Reservation. Because of these efforts Wilson is considered a "terrorist" by the Tohono O'odham Legislative Council and has been threatened with banishment by the Tohono O'odham Attorney General's Office.

Wilson has been featured in numerous documentaries, including "The 800 Mile Wall" in 2009 and "Crossing Arizona" in 2006, and is on campus as part of the AIS/Music/ES Speaker Series.

"We're just so excited about his speech," said Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz, director of the American Indian Studies program. "It's just such a wonderful social justice experience for students."

Wilson also will speak May 4 to the "Social Work 291: Special Topics" class from 9-10:15 a.m. in HSS 177; to the "Spanish 352: Contemporary Spanish American Civilization" class from 12-12:50 p.m. in Hibbard 314; and to the "History 691: Latino History" class from 2-2:50 p.m. in Hibbard 223, all of which are open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Affirmative Action office, American Indian Studies program and education studies department.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Hannah Moen at moenhi@uwec.edu, or 836-4565.

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