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MSU to celebrate Native American culture

Minot State University’s Native American Cultural Awareness Club is sponsoring the Native American Cultural Celebration in November. The commemoration will include speakers, presenters and exhibits of Native American success and culture.

“The goal for the celebration is to show what’s happen within Indian Country and in the urban Indian areas,” said Annette Mennem, Native American Center director. “We invite the community to attend the presentations.”   

Planned events, which are free and open to the public unless designated otherwise, include:

  • Nov. 10, 11:45 a.m.  — “4 Generations of Warriors” presented by Nathan Paul Good Iron in the Conference Center. In conjunction with Veterans Awareness Week, Good Iron, a Vietnam veteran, will speak on post-traumatic stress disorder and family tragedy. His son, Nathan J. Good Iron, died in action in Afghanistan Nov. 23, 2006, and was awarded a posthumous bachelor's degree from MSU.
  • Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. — Native American hip hop artist Mic Jordan will perform in the Beaver Dam. Later in the Conference Center at 2 p.m. Jordan will tell his story of surviving addiction and suicide.
  • Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until gone) — Fry bread taco sale in the Old Main first-floor hallway. The fry bread tacos are $6 or $5.50 with a Red & Green coupon.
  • Nov. 12, 7 p.m.  — "No Fracking Way!" presented by Carol Davis and Christa Monette, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa members, in Aleshire Theater. They will share their views on fracking and discuss their tribal council's ban on fracking on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. This is in conjunction with the Northwest Art Center lecture series.
  • Nov. 13 — NACAC members will read Native American cultural books to children in grades 1-4 at Bishop Ryan Catholic School.
  • Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — NACAC and Mennem will host an open house for the campus community in the Native American Center, Student Center, third floor.
  • Nov. 19, 10 a.m.  — Kevin Finley, Three Affiliated Tribes tribal health coordinator, will speak on tribal health issues and initiatives in the Conference Center.
  • Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 19), 2 p.m. — Dr. Tami Jollie-Trottier, Indian Health Services, will present “Obesity on the Reservation” in the Conference Center.  

    For questions, contact Mennem at 858-3365 or

Published: 11/05/14

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