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K-State Today

April 18, 2011

K-State Student Union celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Submitted by Cameron Piercy

K-State's Native American Student Association and the Student Governing Association celebrate Native American Heritage Month with special activities this week.

Native American Cultural Night will be 7-9 p.m. tonight in the K-State Student Union Little Theater. It features presentations and artwork by Native Americans Reuben IronHorse-Kent and Minisa Crumbo. IronHorse-Kent of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska will display Missouri River Valley pottery, a Raku clay sculpture and a Native American flute. Crumbo, of the Citizen Nation Potawatomi of Oklahoma and Muscogee Creek Nation, will present artistry in silversmithing, lapidary arts, painting, ceramic, beadwork, basket making and quilting. Both will share storytelling.

Heritage Day, Tuesday, April 19, will feature artist displays from IronHorse- Kent, Iowa tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Lyman and Jon Boursaw, Citizen Potawatomi Nation; Billie Webster, Cherokee, 2007-2009 president of NASA and owner of Black Jack Hills Recreation Area and 3D Archery Range; and Mike Perez, Mexican-American, owner of Perez Trading Post. Attendees can view the displays along with Native American style bead and basket making presented by NASA members in the Union courtyard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At noon, NASA members will discuss Native outfits, regalia, and clothing. The Union unveiling of new artwork showing the full text of the 1795 Treaty of Greenville will follow at 12:30 p.m.

For more information on Native American Heritage Month, contact Cameron Piercy, Native American Student Association president, at cpiercy@k-state.edu. To learn more about events in the Union, visit union events.