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NMSU to celebrate American Indian Week

The American Indian students at New Mexico State University will commemorate American Indian Week March 26-31 with several events on the main campus.


"I hope American Indian Week shows people that American Indians in the Southwest and the rest of the country still maintain their languages and cultures," said Don Pepion, director of the American Indian Program. "Some people don't think that American Indians have any language or culture left. Hopefully, this will raise awareness."

American Indian Week events include:
Monday, March 26: There will be a pueblo throw from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Corbett Center rotunda entrance. The theme for this event is "Traditional Gift Giving."

Tuesday, March 27: American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) guest speaker Dan Wildcat will give a lecture on environmental activism from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Corbett Center Colfax Room.

Wednesday, March 28: United Native American Organization (UNAO) guest speaker Fredrick Peso will talk about Apache history from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Corbett Center Colfax Room.

Thursday, March 29: There will be a screening of "Raven Tales" from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Corbett Center auditorium. The theme for this event is "Northwest Coast Oral Tradition Stories."

Friday, March 30: The Native American Business Students Association will present the Miss Native NMSU pageant from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Corbett Center auditorium and a Native American arts and crafts expo from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Corbett Center, first floor.

Saturday, March 31: The United Native American Organization will present a Pow Wow and arts and crafts expo from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Corbett Center outdoor stage.
The American Indian Week is sponsored by the Associated Students of New Mexico

State University with support from the NMSU American Indian Program. For more information on NMSU's American Indian Week activities, call (505) 646-4207.