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Cultural Thursday – American Indians: A Culture ALIVE!

November 7, 2013 in the Chalberg Theatre, CLC Brainerd Campus
In commemoration of National Native American Month, Central
Lakes College Director of Intercultural Services, Diversity and Tribal Relations,
Mary Sam, will present an overview beginning with the era of Indian boarding
schools and ending with present day Mille Lacs Band Nay ah Shing school and
Tribal College programming.  

Historically, the U.S. educational system took Indian children from their
parents, moving them away from their tribes, their native customs and languages
in an effort to assimilate them into “American” culture.  It has been a long journey of
oppression, prejudice and struggle to rediscover their roots and rebuild their
nation.  During this presentation,
we will meet some of the Nay ay Shing and Central Lakes College students in
their roles as singers and drummers. 
They will explain their part in the Ojibwe traditions that we might
witness at the Mille Lacs Band celebrations.  “It is important to remember the history, the struggle and
to see how culture is being revived so that we can all have a better
understanding of our relationships,” Kurtz, organizer of Cultural Thursday,
notes.  “This gives us an overdue
opportunity to interact as community neighbors; a bridge to cross and,
hopefully, a door to walk through.”   
Please join us for the next Cultural Thursday, November 7th,
Noon in the Chalberg Theater at Central Lakes College and participate in our
celebration of:  American Indians:
“A Culture ALIVE!
For more information, contact:  Jan Kurtz, CLC Spanish and Latin American Studies
Department:  855-8183. 

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