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OCU Hosts Native American Awareness Day
The Oklahoma City University community will join the nation in celebrating Native American Awareness Month with a special event Nov. 17. The seminar, “America Killed Me: A Celebration of the Lives and Cultures of America’s First Peoples,” will bring local American Indian activists, attorneys, musicians and dancers to campus from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the McDaniel University Center. The day of celebration includes presentations on Native American sovereignty and justice, cultural issues such as stereotypes and mascots and educational issues such as student retention and student experiences. The event will also include traditional Indian opening and closing ceremonies, ceremonial drums, dancing and a special lunch menu in the cafeteria reflecting Native American cuisine. Refreshments will be sold throughout the event and proceeds will benefit the Native American Society. The Social Justice Advocacy Committee (SJAC), organizers of the event, have partnered with the OCU Department of Sociology and Justice Studies, the Petree College of Arts and Sciences, Student Life, Student Government Association, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Fine Arts Institute, Native American Society and the Society for the Protection of Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Traditions (S.P.I.R.I.T). OCU is located at 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave. The University Center is in the center of campus south of the Freede Wellness Center. For more information, contact Julie Cowgill at (405) 208-5456.