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American Indian Month events wrap up at New Mexico State University

American Indian Month wraps up at New Mexico State University with speakers and the Miss Native American NMSU Pageant.


an and author Joe Sando will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Corbett Center Auditoriums. In his speech "The first people and their governmental system," he will explain Native American politics.

Sando has taught ethno-history at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and specializes in Pueblo Indian history. He has written several books, including "Pueblo Profiles: Cultural Identity Through Centuries of Change," "Nee Hemish: The History of the Jemez Pueblo," "Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History" and "Pope: Architect of the First American Revolution, August 10, 1680." Sando's speech is sponsored by the American Indian Program.

Navajo elder Mitzie Begay will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Corbett Center Dona Ana Room. She will speak about "Traditional Navajo Culture and Living in Today's Society." Begay's speech is sponsored by the United Native American Organization (UNAO).

The Miss Native American NMSU Pageant will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Corbett Center Dona Ana Room. Miss Native American NMSU will be chosen based on speaking skills, traditional or cultural talents and answers to questions on Native American issues. She will assist the American Indian Program in public relations and recruiting, and serve as a good will ambassador and representative of New Mexico State and its Native American students in activities such as pow wows at other colleges and universities. The Miss Native American NMSU Pageant is sponsored by the Native American Student Business Organization.

Navajo diabetes specialist Dr. Charlene Avery will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Corbett Center Dona Ana Room. Avery, a physician from Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, N.M., will speak on the epidemic spread, treatment and prevention of diabetes in Native Americans and her research on the subject. Avery's speech is sponsored by UNAO.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information on events, contact the American Indian Program at (505) 646-4207.