The University Record, October 5, 1992

‘Discover Native America on Columbus Day’

The Native American Student Association (NASA) has scheduled a full slate of panels, lectures and performances to help the University community “Discover Native America on Columbus Day” this month.

Activities include:

Oct. 7

Racism exhibition of commonplace objects, logos, pictures and advertisements that are acceptable to the dominant society but are offensive to Native Americans, through Oct. 13, Benzinger Library, East Quadrangle Residence Hall.

Oct. 8

Panel discussion, “Native American Perspective on Celebration of Columbus Day,” 7 p.m., Benzinger Library, East Quadrangle.

Oct. 9

Lecture and dance program, with Adam Fortunate Eagle (Red Lake Ojibwe), who led the Alcatraz Island re-occupation in 1969 and authored the recently released book Alcatraz, Alcatraz. Also music and dance presentation featuring the White Eye Drum and the U-M Native American Dance Troupe. Begins at noon on the Diag.

Oct. 11

Fall feast with special guests George Martin (Ojibwe) and the Blue Lake Drum, 5–9 p.m. at Trotter House. Open to NASA members and their invited guests.

Rally and March of Unity against the genocide and oppression faced by people of color in the Western Hemisphere over the past 500 years, 10 p.m., Diag. Keynote address by Russell Barsh, United Nations representative for the Micmaq Nation. NASA invites other students and student groups to participate.

Oct. 12

Panel discussions: “Native Americans and Higher Education,” “Urban Indian Issues,” “Native American Women,” “Repatriation and Museum Exhibits,” and “Freedom of Religion,” 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Michigan Union.

Evening Program: “Completing the Circle—Mending the Sacred Loop.” Opening Ceremony: George Martin (Ojibwe) and Eddie Benton-Banai (Ojibwe). Vocal performance, Six Nations Women’s Singing Society. Keynote Address: Eddie Benton-Banai, 7:30 p.m., Anderson Rooms, Michigan Union.

Oct. 31

American Indian Dance Theatre, 8 p.m., Power Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets, $14, $18, $24 and $26, available at the University Musical Society, Burton Memorial Tower.

For information, call Susan Hill, 764-2625.