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Native American Day Nov. 9

UPDATE: Dr. LaDonna Harris lecture CANCELED,

other events continue as planned

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. LaDonna Harris, president of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), will be unable to participate in the Native American Day celebration Nov. 9.

Although Harris’ lecture and book-signing session have been canceled, Cal U will host a visit from the AIO Ambassadors, young Native Americans who participate in an ongoing leadership development and community-building initiative based on traditional indigenous values. Dr. Harris founded the AIO in 1992.

Dr. Kinorea “Two Feather” Tigri, a Cherokee Indian listed on the National Registry of Living Historians, will present "Bringing the Past to Life: Communications and Wampum" from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Student Center.

Updated Schedule of Events

Nov. 8, 2010

5-6 p.m. Community / Student Reception with the AIO Ambassadors
Kara Alumni House

Nov. 9, 2010 - Native American Day

11 a.m.  AIO Ambassadors at open forum for Cal U students
Performance Center, Natali Student Center

1-4 p.m. Dr. Kinorea "Two Feather" Tigri - "Bringing the Past to Life: Communications and Wampum"
Performance Center, Natali Student Center

Original Release

California University is planning a warm welcome for Dr. LaDonna Harris, president of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), when Cal U celebrates its inaugural Native American Day on Nov. 9.

Harris and a group of AIO Ambassadors will participate in a series of events intended to create a dialogue between the Cal U community and indigenous leaders, providing education about Native American heritage and raising awareness about the role of native peoples in the 21st century. 

The celebration begins with a reception from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Kara Alumni House, where students and community members can meet Harris and the AIO Ambassadors.

This group of Native Americans, ages 25-35, participates in an ongoing leadership development and community-building initiative based on traditional indigenous values. Founded by Harris in 1993, the AIO Ambassadors program combines mentorship and personal reflection with community service, communications training and a chance for participants to engage with national and international decision-makers.

The AIO Ambassadors will hold an open forum for Cal U students at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 in the Natali Student Center, during the common hour. The program will give students a chance to hear more from the AIO Ambassadors, and to participate in a question-and-answer session.

Cultural practitioner Dr. Kinorea "Two Feather" Tigri, a Cherokee Indian listed on the National Registry of Living Historians, will present "Bringing the Past to Life: Communications and Wampum" from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Student Center.

Like Harris, Tigri also is returning to Cal U, where she previously presented a popular Native American cooking class hosted by Dr. Clarissa Confer and the Department of History and Political Science. This time she will dress in traditional native attire and demonstrate the production of wampum. She also will have artifacts on display.

Harris will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. Her talk is free and open to the public; a book signing and reception will follow in the lobby of Steele Hall.

Harris first came to Cal U in 2007, when she presented a lecture in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition "Booming Out: Mohawk Ironworkers Build New York." She returned to Cal U to receive an honorary doctorate in 2009.

Harris has developed a close relationship with the University and President Angelo Armenti, Jr. On the AIO website, she calls it "the kind of educational experience my colleagues and I dreamed about, one that celebrates diversity and utilizes cultural values."


Watch a mini-documentary of Dr. LaDonna Harris. Click the "play" button on the image below.

Dr. LaDonna Harris 2009 Commencement

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Links

Americans for Indian Opportunity

Dr. LaDonna Harris biography

About the Ambassadors program

Videos from AIO events

Dr. Kinorea "Two Feather" Tigri discusses native medicine

 

Dr. Kinorea

Dr. Kinorea "Two Feather" Tigri