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2004.11.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Native American Heritage Month Celebration Begins Nov. 8

Omaha - November is National Native American Heritage Month. A variety of activities are planned at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) throughout the month to help celebrate the heritage of the indigenous peoples of the United States.

"Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska native peoples have been an integral part of the American character," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at UNO. "Against all odds, America's first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social and moral presence."

The month of November has been designated for the celebration because it traditionally has been a time when many Native Americans hold fall harvest and world-renewal ceremonies, pow wows, dances and various feasts. The holiday recognizes hundreds of different tribes and approximately 250 languages, and celebrates the history, tradition and values of Native Americans.

The monthlong celebration serves as a reminder of the positive effect native peoples have had on the cultural development and growth of the U.S., as well as the struggles and challenges they have faced, Liwaru said.

The 2004 schedule of events is listed below.

Monday, Nov. 8 - The People Astrological Native Lore
11am to 1pm - Mallory Kountze Planetarium (located on the first floor of the Durham Science Center)
This event takes a look at celestial bodies from a Native American perspective.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 - Art & Culture
10am to 2pm - Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom
A variety of art, artifacts and sculpture will be on display.

Friday, Nov. 12 - The People Astrological Native Lore
7pm - Mallory Kountze Planetarium (located on the first floor of the Durham Science Center)
This event takes a look at celestial bodies from a Native American perspective.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 - Standing Bear Anniversary Panel
1pm - Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room
The panel will feature a discussion by UNO faculty about an 1879 court ruling in favor of Ponca leader Chief Standing Bear that gave U.S. citizen rights to Native Americans for the first time.

Friday, Nov. 19 - Ghost Dance
5:30pm and 8pm - UNO Dance Lab (located in 231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building)
Many Native Americans believed the "Ghost Dance" would send the white people back to their lands and bring back the buffalo. Drum, gourd, song and dance interpretation will be presented by Carolyn Fiscus and her daughter, Tiara.

Saturday, Nov. 20 - Clueless & Clark
7pm - Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
This comedic reclamation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is told from the indigenous point of view. It is written by former UNO student Valery Killscrow and directed by UNO student Sheila Valerio Rocha.

For more information, contact Liwaru at 402.554.2711.

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