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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 includes speakers, presenters and exhibits of Native American success and culture.

“The celebration is for people to learn more about Native American culture,” said Annette Mennem, Native American Center director. “We also want to dispel stereotypes or biases about Native Americans.”  

Planned events, free and open to the public, include:

  • Tuesday (Nov. 1) in the Conference Center, 9 a.m. — Chase Iron Eyes, a Native American attorney and Congressional candidate, will open the Native American Cultural Celebration and welcome all. After Iron Eyes’ welcome, a panel will discuss “What you wanted to know about the Native culture but didn’t ask” and answer questions.
  • Thursday (Nov. 3) in the Multicultural Center, 1 p.m. — Erich Longie, educator and Spirit Lake Consulting president, will discuss “Team Names and Mascot Names Controversy.”
  • Nov. 8 in the Multicultural Center, 1 p.m. — Sandra Bercier, First Nations Women’s Alliance director, will speak about her organization and its championing women’s rights and issues in North Dakota.
  • Nov. 22 in Aleshire Theater, 7 p.m. — Dr. Tami Jollie-Trottier, clinical psychologist with Seven Stones Health Clinic, will discuss generation art and turtle medicine. Her presentation is in conjunction with the Northwest Art Center lecture series.

 For questions, contact Mennem at 858-3365 or


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