In 2006, IUP’s Council of Trustees approved a resolution to dedicate the month of November to promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of the region's Native Americans. The Native American Awareness Council will proudly present several events this month open to the campus and Indiana communities in keeping with this goal.
All events are free and open to the public. Download a PDF of the month’s schedule of events.
On November 7, Native American musician and award-winning recording artist Michael Jacobs will perform at 7:00 p.m. in the Crimson Event Center. Jacobs will present a compelling mix of Native American, rock, pop, and folk music, addressing human issues such as peace, justice, suffering, relationships, and wholeness.
A discussion entitled “Finding Balance: What We Can and Should Learn from the Navajo People” will be presented on November 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the HUB Delaware Room. A student panel will share their experiences from their visit in summer 2013 to the largest reservation in the United States, the Navajo Nation.
On November 14, as part of the Kipp Seelhorst Memorial Lecture Series, Marilyn Johnson (right), an Ojibwe Medicine woman from Ontario, Canada, will speak on Ojibwe Spirituality from an historical and contemporary perspective. This presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Wallwork Hall, room G-98.
The film Dakota 38 will be shown at the Indiana Theater on Philadelphia Street at 8:30 p.m. on November 20. This film is the story of contemporary efforts to remember and commemorate the
largest mass execution in United States history, which took place in
1862 when 38 Dakota were hanged. Jim Miller and his group journeyed 330 miles from South Dakota to Minnesota. The story tells of the blizzards they endured, the Native and non-Native communities that housed and fed them along the way, and the dark history they began to wipe away.
For further information on any of these events, please call the Department of Anthropology at 724-357-2841. These presentations are sponsored by the Native American Awareness Council, with additional support from the Office of Social Equity and the Committee for the Study of Culture and Religion.