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UToledo Plans Events for Native American Heritage Month

Each November, The University of Toledo pays tribute to Native American Heritage Month.

A kickoff event will take place Monday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2500. Stop by to learn about common words and names that come from Native American culture.

“We wanted to have a couple powerful events this year early in the month,” said Sydni Harmon, program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success and chair of the Native American Heritage Month Committee. “We are excited to welcome water activists to give our keynote talk.”

Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson and Shirley Jons will be on campus Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2592. The two will perform a water ceremony and discuss their water protection efforts. Both protested the Dakota Access Pipeline, fearing an oil spill would pollute drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

“We also have an amazing film to show that chronicles the fight for indigenous and women’s rights,” Harmon said. “The 65-minute film is about mothers and daughters standing up for themselves in the American Indian Movement of the 1970s.”

“Warrior Women” will be screened Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 1230. The 2018 documentary tells the story of Lakota activist Madonna Thunder Hunk, who has fought for indigenous and women’s rights for more than 50 years.

For more information on these free, public events, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261 or omss@utoledo.edu.

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