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Dedication a highlight of Native American Heritage Month

In 1817, the People of the Three Fires Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi donated the land that ultimately would be used to found U-M. To acknowledge the land grant, The History and Traditions Committee of the University has installed a plaque on the Diag between the chemistry and natural history buildings.

Frank Ettawageshik, former tribal chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Ojibwe and Odawa Indians, and a noted Native American historian, will be present to help dedicate the plaque at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Ettawageshik and President Mary Sue Coleman will offer remarks at the ceremony on the Diag. Events during Native American Heritage Month are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please call the MESA Office at (734) 763-9044 for more information. Other events include:

Saturday Nov. 16
Joanne Shenandoah live in concert 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), The Ark, 316 S. Main St. Singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah, the Native American Music Association's 2002 Native Artist of the Year, composes original music rooted in the ancient songs of the Iroquois people of which she is a member. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster: $10 with any student ID, $20 for the general public. Sponsored by the Ark, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the Native American Student Association (NASA).

Sunday Nov. 17
Native American Living Traditions Celebration Noon-4:30 p.m., U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes Grand River Singers, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Larry Plamondon, story-telling, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eva Kennedy, artist, ongoing. "Sky Legends of the Three Fires" Planetarium show, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. ($3 per person) Sponsored by the Exhibit Museum.

Wednesday Nov. 20
Film: "Incident at Oglala" 8 p.m., William Monroe Trotter House, 1443 Washtenaw Ave. "Incident at Oglala" is Robert Redford's documentary about the Leonard Peltier Case. Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the film traces the rise of the Indians of All Tribes and the American Indian Movement during the civil rights era.

Thursday Nov. 21
Plaque dedication (see above) Sponsored by the Office of the President and the History and Traditions Committee. Campus-wide address: Frank Ettawageshik 7 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom Ettawageshik will give an address on the history of Native American influence on and at U-M. Sponsored by the Office of the President and the History and Traditions Committee.

Saturday Nov. 23
Open Mic Talent Night 9 p.m., William Monroe Trotter House At this true open mic, share songs, poetry, artwork or the spoken word. Sponsored by MESA and NASA.

Monday Dec. 2
Social with NASA and the Treetown Singers 8-10 p.m., William Monroe Trotter House Listen to some great traditional Powwow songs, share food and meet with people throughout the local Native community.

Wednesday Dec. 4
Film: "PowWow Highway" 8 p.m., William Monroe Trotter House Based on David Seals' novel, "PowWow Highway" traces the epic adventures of Philbert and Buddy on their trek from Lame Deer, Mont., to Santa Fe, and all they encounter along the way. Sponsored by MESA and NASA.

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