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American Indian Month events to be at New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University will host events for American Indian Month, formerly American Indian Week, in April. Events include an arts and crafts fair, traditional dancers and a Miss Native American NMSU Pageant.


vents are an opportunity for American Indian students to share their culture with the community, said Don Pepion, director of New Mexico State's American Indian Program.

The full schedule of American Indian Month events is below. All events are free and open to the public.

April 3 - Opening ceremony and traditional "throw," noon to 1 p.m., in front of Corbett Center.
April 8 - Author and entrepreneur D.J. Vanas will speak from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in the Dona Ana Community College (DABCC) Main Building, Room 96. Sponsored by DABCC.
April 9 - Showing of "White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men" and a student panel discussion on the misuse of American Indian ceremonies and rituals, 7 to 9 p.m., Hardman Hall, Room 104.
April 11 - Arts and crafts fair, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Corbett Center, first floor.
April 12 - Arts and crafts fair, noon to 5 p.m., and traditional and contemporary American Indian dances, 1 to 5 p.m., Kent Hall Pavilion.
April 11-13 - Basketball tournament, New Mexico State Activity Center. Sponsored by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. An entry fee of $200 is required to participate. Times will be announced.
April 16 - Historian and author Joe Sando will speak at 7 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium.
April 21 - Navajo elder Mitzie Begay will speak at 7 p.m. in the Corbett Center Dona Ana Room.
April 23 - Miss Native American NMSU Pageant, 6 p.m., Corbett Center Ballrooms.
April 24 - Navajo diabetes specialist Dr. Charlene Avery will speak at 7 p.m. in the Corbett Center Dona Ana Room.

Funding for most events, which are sponsored by the United Native American Organization, Native American Business Students Association and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, was provided by the Associated Students of New Mexico State University.

For more information on events, contact the American Indian Program at (505) 646-4207.