Multicultural Student Services Presents 2011 Native American Heritage Month Activities at Ferris

Native American Heritage MonthFerris State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Services is leading an effort to present a series of Native American Heritage Month activities on campus throughout November.

OMSS and the 2011 NAHM Planning Committee have led a collaborative effort to host events for NAHM designed to educate people about issues related to Native Americans in Michigan. OMSS has supported this event for more than 20 years and plans to continue the longstanding campus tradition in 2011 through a series of guest performers and lectures.

“Native American Heritage Month gives us the opportunity to learn more about the importance of Native American history as it relates to our nation’s history,” said Michael Wade, assistant director of OMSS.

The month’s activities begin on Tuesday, Nov. 8 with “The Indian History of Michigan’s Thumb Region” showing from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in FLITE 442. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, one of NAHM’s featured presentations is scheduled as guest speaker Suzan Harjo comes to campus as part of the Arts and Lectures Performing Arts Series. Harjo, a Native American poet, writer and curator, will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. in IRC 120. Next, on Thursday, Nov. 17, the presentation “Black Indians: An American Story” will be aired from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in FLITE 114. “The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy” will be aired in FLITE 304 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, NAHM features the 2011 Native American Documentary Series: Post-Discussion at 11 a.m. in Quiznos Café in the Rankin Student Center. Light refreshments will be provided.

NAHM’s second featured presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room. The Mount Pleasant-based Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways will present “Native Dance and Storytelling.”

The 2011 NAHM activities are sponsored by OMSS, the Circle of Tribal Nations, the NAHM Planning Committee and the Ferris Arts and Lectures Performing Arts Series.

All events are open to the public. Anyone with questions about NAHM activities can contact Michael Wade in OMSS at (231) 591-2617.

To learn more about OMSS and NAHM, visit:
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/studentlife/minority/

To learn more about the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, visit:
http://www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing/

To learn more about Native American Heritage Month:
http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/

Last updated: 07-24-2012