April is National Native American Month, and Southern Utah University has planned a series of related activities extending through May 2.
The theme for SUU's observance of Native American Month is "Perceptions of Native Americans Through History," and activities began Wednesday, with the annual Miss SUU Indian Princess Scholarship Pageant.Other events include:
- Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Zion Conference Room with a lecture by Cynthia Akins, a member of the Wampanoag tribe and director of education for the Ute Indian tribe, on "The Invisible Indians."
- A panel of Native American educators will address "Contemporary Issues in Indian Education" Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Zion Conference Room.
- "Native American Stereotypes in the Classroom" will be addressed by Dori Crouch Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Zion Conference Room. A member of the Navajo/Pueblo tribes, Crouch is the coordinator of SUU's Head Start services.
- A special Convocation will be held Tuesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Thorley Recital Hall. Walter Echohawk, a member of the Pawnee tribe and a senior attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, will discuss "Native American Religious and Repatriation Rights."
- An April 30 lecture will feature Edwin Napia, a member of New Zealand's Maori tribe. Napia, a lecturer on ethnic studies at the University of Utah, will speak on "Native American Identity in Modern Society" at 7:30 p.m. in the Zion Conference Room.
- The Student Center Kolob Living Room will be the setting for "Celebrating Our Heritage," a variety of Native American presentations and displays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 1. That afternoon at 2 p.m., David Browneagle, of the Spokane/Winnebago tribes, will present a lecture on "Understanding Native American Values." Browneagle is an education specialist at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.
- The annual SUU Pow-Wow will begin later that afternoon in the Centrum, with a 4-6 p.m. Gourd Dance, followed by the traditional grand entry at 7 p.m. the Pow-Wow will continue May 2 from 10 a.m. until midnight.
Native American Month activities are sponsored by the SUU Multicultural Center, the SUU Inter-Tribal Club, SUU Convocations and the SUU Student Association. A number of the activities are funded in part by a grant from the Utah Humanities Council.
For more information, call 586-7770.