Minot State celebrates Native American Heritage Month

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State Native American Center will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with two key events in November.

On Monday, Nov. 4, author Denise K. Lajimodiere will do a book reading from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Center followed by a book signing. On Thursday, Nov. 14, the movie “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” will be shown in Aleshire Theater, Harnett Hall, at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

“The University has a diverse population — students, faculty, and staff from around the country and world,” Annette Mennem, Native American Center director, said. “This provides an opportunity for the campus to learn about the indigenous people from this country.”

Lajimodiere’s book, “Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors,” includes a history on boarding schools for Indigenous Americans and interviews with boarding school survivors. Her research evolved from recording her father and family members’ recollections to a journey through the Dakotas and Minnesota, helping her gain insight into her parents’ behaviors. The book ends with a ceremony of forgiveness and the author’s healing journey with her father.

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” based on Kent Nerburn’s book “Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder,” focuses on a non-Indian who is asked to write a book by a Lakota elder about the Indian people and their stories. The result is unexpected, as the author writes from the outside in, learning lifelong lessons along the way. The movie, directed and produced by Steven Lewis Simpson, has been shown for 32-months straight on big screens around the country, including Los Angeles in September.

In 1990, November was declared Native American Indian Heritage Month to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of America’s indigenous people.

For more information about Lajimodiere’s event, the event poster is available HERE. The movie poster for “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” can be found HERE. For additional information, contact Mennem at annette.mennem@MinotStateU.edu.

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Published: 10/28/19   

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