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March 17th, 2010
Texas State hosts fourth Native American Cultural Conference

SUBMITTED REPORT

The Native American Student Association at Texas State University will host the 4th Fourth Annual Native American Cultural Awareness Conference 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 in the LBJ Student Center on campus.

The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference will include 12 hour-long presentations by Native Americans from all walks of life. There will also be Native American vendors, dancers, artists, and drummers in the LBJ Ballroom during the day to offer a personal, community centered interaction with the Native American culture and its peoples.

Lectures will include a broad range of topics that span the political, social, spiritual, personal, as well as creative realms.

Selected topics include:

“ Blood Politics” by anthropologist and University of Texas associate professor Circe Sturm

“Border Wall” by Lipan Apache civil rights leader, lecturer, professional nurse, professor and retired officer of the United States Army’s Nursing Corps, Eloisa Tamez

“Native American Influence on Jazz: Breaking down the origins” by internationally recognized flutist and flute maker William Harjo, a member of the Creek Nation

“Ceramic Styles and the Question of Shantok” by Katherine Koebbe, a graduate student in the Department of History at Texas State and member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut

“Saving Native American History” by retired army colonel and Chickasaw tribal elder, Gene Thompson

Conference attendees are welcome to come early for a free breakfast from 8-9:20 a.m. before lectures begin. The student association will host a free catered lunch for all attendees as well, from 12:30-2 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

For special accommodations, please contact faculty advisor Roxana Tuff at rt15@txstate.edu, at least 48 hours before the event.

— FROM TEXAS STATE NEWS SERVICE/JAYME BLASHCHKE

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