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Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State will hold its 27th American Indian Symposium Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4. Keynote lectures will be provided this year by Tobasonakwut Kinew, a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and Richard Lundy, interim academic dean and chair of the Indian studies division at the Nebraska Indian Community College, Macy.

The celebration also will include a powwow Saturday evening in the College of Design atrium, a panel discussion on contemporary American Indian education from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, and a welcome home ceremony for the Indian maidens in Christian Petersen's sculpture,"Fountain of the Four Seasons."

The events are free and open to the public.

Kinew will speak on "the healing power of language and culture for education" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A member of the Ojibwa nation of Onigaming (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kinew currently is a visiting instructor in Anishinaabe language and thought at the University of Minnesota. He is a sundancer in the Anishinaabe and Lakota traditions and a former adviser to the Manitoba Assembly of Chiefs on healing from residential school experiences. He has led actions to strengthen treaty rights, and to improve the socio-economic standing of First Nations communities.

Lundy will present the Richard Thomas Memorial address at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Thomas is a former ISU student who helped found the symposium and was killed in Vietnam.

Lundy's address is titled, "From Boarding School to Tribal College: Changing Indian Education in the U.S." ISU alumnus Lundy is an enrolled member of the Lakota nation and served on the original symposium planning committee as a student.

A symposium schedule is below.

American Indian Symposium

"It is Told.....Indigenous Knowledge Meets Scholarly Folklore"
April 2-4, 4-4026

Thursday, April 2

Friday, April 3

Saturday, April 4


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