Celebrations Planned for Native American Heritage Month

As part of November’s national Native American Heritage Month, the campus of Truman State University will host several interesting and informative events meant to educate the public about the rich history of the Native American culture.

The special month kicks off at Truman with a presentation of work from Jackie Tointigh, also known as “Black Horse” the artist, from the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Tointigh’s presentation will provide a visual history of his people in a captivating blend of modern and traditional styles.

The month continues with a return visit to Truman by Howard Lyons of the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Lyons is a nominee of both the Native American Music Awards and the Indian Summer Awards. He will be providing an engaging presentation of his Six Nations Iriquois history through his riveting music.

Native American Heritage Month events at Truman are set to wrap up at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 in the West Campus Suites, with a presentation by Kathy Dickerson of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Dickerson will transport participants back in time with authentic tales from her tribe passed down to her by her grandfather.

In addition to the monthlong presentations, Tointigh and Lyons will be giving presentations in Michael Davis’s “Anthropological Inquiry” class. Tointigh will present at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Violette Hall 1146, while Lyons will give a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in McClain Hall 210.

President George H. W. Bush approved a resolution in 1990 designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Since 1990, similar resolutions have been issued each year. Truman’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Center.

Contact Laura Bates at lbates@truman.edu, or by phone at 785.4142 for more information on Truman’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month. 
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