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Native American Heritage Month workshops and panels at Cal State L.A. to celebrate tribal culture
November events to include tribal blessing of California State University, Los Angeles, showcase Native Americans' societal struggles and progress
Presented in collaboration with the University’s Chicana/o Latina/o Student Resource Center of the CCC, the events bring together Native American alumni from CSULA, USC, UCLA, the University of Oklahoma and CSU Long Beach. The panels and workshops were developed to present a candid representation of Native Americans, while exploring stereotypes, tribal history, and their culture in contemporary society.
• The celebration will begin Tuesday, Nov. 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m., at CSULA with the “Blessing of the University” by Julia Bogany of the Tongva/Gabrielino tribe. The blessing will be followed by traditional dancing and storytelling by Ben Hale (Navajo) and the Eagle Spirit Dancers. The Hale family presents authentic North American Indian culture through song, dance and storytelling from northwest, southwest, and the Great Plains tribes of North America.
• The first workshop, “American Indian & Black Relations,” will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in the University-Student Union Theatre by CSULA alumnus Jason Reed, a tribal member of the Cherokee Band of Oklahoma. African/Native American history is not widely recognized in academia. Reed will discuss his personal history with the Cherokee people, which is featured in the California African American Museum under the title, “IndiVisible:
• The panel, “Upholding Two Identities,”
• The workshop, “History of Off-Reservation Boarding Schools,” takes place Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the University-Student Union Theatre. Presented by Roberta Whitlock-Baeta, Ph.D. (Salt River Pima/Maricopa)
• The final event is the panel, “Who are Ndnz in Contemporary American Society?,” which takes place Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. in the University-Student Union’s Los Angeles Room. The speakers will be a diverse group of Native Americans residing in the Southern California: Nellie LeGaspe (Oglala Sioux/Chiricahua Apache); Sunnie Whipple (Rosebud Sioux); Pamela Peters (Navajo); and Danielle Glenn-Rivera (Cherokee/Osage)
Cal State L.A. is located at 5151 State University Dr. in Los Angeles at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 freeways.
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