Native American Heritage Month offers range of events

CSU's American Indian Science and Engineering Society  presents the 29th Annual Pow Wow in the ballroom of the Lory Student Center. November 5, 2011

The Native American Cultural Center of Colorado State University offers programs from lectures to movies and menus, throughout the month of November to mark Native American Heritage Month. The 33rd annual AISES Pow-Wow returns to Lory Student Center on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The celebration starts with these events:

Dr. Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet
“My Climb to the Highest Rung”
Monday, Oct. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center Longs Peak room

Dr. Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet became the first Native American woman to ascend to the presidency of an accredited university outside the tribal colleges. Prior to her presidency in of Antioch University in Seattle from 2007 to 2013, Manuelito-Kerkvliet served as the first woman president of Diné College, a tribal college with 8 campuses located on the Navajo reservation. She will be speaking about her new book, My Climb to the Highest Rung, as well as her experience in higher education and Indigenous Leadership. This event is a collaboration with the Kathryn T. Bohannon Speaker Series.

Pow-Wow 101
Thursday, Oct. 29, 5-6p.m.
Lory Student Center 324

Local resident Randy Medicine Bear will explain the basics of Pow-Wow. The presentation will range from the different styles of dancing and singing to the traditional aspects of Pow-Wow. Pow-Wow is a wonderful way to remember and celebrate heritage, culture and traditions among Native Americans. Sponsored by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and the Associated Students of Colorado State University.

Frybread Sale, Drum Group and Pow-Wow Dance Expo
Friday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sutherland Garden, west side of the Lory Student Center

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month and the 33rd Annual AISES Pow-Wow, drum groups and dancers will provide performances. Frybread will also be sold at the event! Sponsored by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and the Associated Students of Colorado State University.

Meet & Greet with North Star Peer Mentors
Friday, Oct. 30, 4-5:30 p.m.
Native American Cultural Center, Lory Student Center Room 327

Come meet the 2015-2016 North Star Peer mentors, while enjoying board games, a movie, and refreshments. North Star Peer Mentor Program is a program of the Native American Cultural Center that matches incoming students with current students to guide the transition to Colorado State University.

Colorado State University 33rd Annual AISES Pow-Wow
Saturday, Oct. 31
Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom

Gourd Dance 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Pow-Wow 1-10 p.m.
Grand Entry 1-p.m. & 7 p.m.
Pow-Wow Feed 5 p.m.
Little Shop of Physics Science Demo 5:30 p.m.

In an effort to increase awareness of Native cultures at Colorado State University, the Native American Cultural Center, American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Associated Students of Colorado State University, Ram Events and Colorado State University will sponsor the 33rd Annual CSU Pow-Wow. Community members and students alike are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event, which will feature Pow-Wow dancers, drum groups, food, vendors, social events and more.

Cultural Impact of the Return of the Buffalo
Presentation by Solomon Little Owl
Monday, Nov. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center Longs Peak Room

The Apsaalooke or Crow Tribe have maintained their historic sacred relationship with the North American Bison. The Tribe continues to maintain a herd on its tribal lands in southcentral Montana. This American icon was once at the brink of extinction but has rebounded and many tribes now share their land with this magnificent animal. Solomon Little Owl shares a Crow perspective on the Cultural Impact of the Return of the Buffalo.

Aspen Grille in the Lory Student Center will be featuring Native American dishes, Nov. 4 and 5.

Do you enjoy corn, sunflower seeds, potatoes, squash, and pumpkins? How about tomatoes, strawberries, and chile peppers? They are all native to the Americas and have been part of the diet of Native Americans since time immemorial. Make your reservations at the LSC Aspen Grille to enjoy lunch specials prepared by Chef Garrett Overlee that recognizes these gifts to today’s cuisine. For reservations call 970-491-7006 or visit the website.

Native Women’s Circle Movie Talks
Thursday, Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m.
Eddy Hall, Room 100

Everyone is welcome to join Native Women’s Circle to watch and critically discuss the film Miss Representation. The film explores the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influences in the United States. We will watch, then discuss how the film overlooks Indigenous women and dialogue around issues related to Indigenous women. The discussion will be led by the coordinator of Native Women’s Circle Danita Ordaz, and Professor Roe Bubar, J.D., an associate professor of Ethnic Studies and in the School of Social Work.

Frank Waln & The Sampson Brothers Concert
Thursday, Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theater

Frank Waln is an award-winning Hip Hop artist/producer/performer. He uses his voice, music and performance to address the media’s misrepresentations of Native Americans and to address the issues effecting Indigenous communities. Frank is Sicangu Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe where he was born and raised. The Sampson Brothers are world-renowned dancers, who strive to promote cultural pride, unity, and hope by setting a positive example through art, education, and dance. They hope to give back to their Tribe and the Indigenous Community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and thus creating opportunities for generations to come.

Duhesa Art Gallery Reception
Alyssa Hinton: Earth Consciousness and Cultural Revelations
Featuring comments from the artist
Friday, Nov. 13, 5–7 p.m.
Lory Student Center Duhesa Gallery

Using vibrant colors that awaken the soul, mixed media artist, Alyssa Hinton, illustrates a theme of cultural regeneration through her unique southeastern Native American imagery. Her work is a provocative portrayal of the folklore and history surrounding her roots, utilizing tradition and vision with a contemporary edge. Sponsored by Campus Activities and the Lory Student Center Arts Program.

Harvest Community Dinner
Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Location: To be announced

Ron Hall and Roe Bubar, owners of Arikara Farm, initiated a “Sovereignty & Food Project” to engage Ethnic Studies students to grow food for a Harvest Community Dinner Project.  Over the summer they raised traditional and contemporary Indigenous foods that will be featured at the dinner. The collaborative partners are pleased to support this Indigenous Community Dinner.

Morgan Library, Multicultural Services has created an online research guide for Native American Heritage Month, for anyone interested in learning more.

The Native American Cultural Center would like to thank and acknowledge the following organizations for their participation: Chris Eagle Iron; American Indian Science & Engineering Society; RamEvents; Associated Students of Colorado State University; Division of Student Affairs; Vice President for Diversity; City of Fort Collins and Larimer County; College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Warner College of Natural Resource and Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; Department of Ethnic Studies; Department of Anthropology; Department of Sociology; College of Liberal Arts; Native Women’s Circle; Morgan Library; Lory Student Center; Aspen Grille; and Bob and Jan Iron & Family.

More information at the NACC website.