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American Indian Month events to begin at New Mexico State University

American Indian Month events at New Mexico State University will begin with a speaker, arts and crafts fair, traditional dancers and a basketball tournament.

nts will begin with an opening ceremony and a "throw" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in front of Corbett Center. In this version of a traditional Pueblo Indian give-away, food, candy and other small gifts will be given to those present at the event.

Native American author and entrepreneur D.J. Vanas will speak from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Dona Ana Community College (DABCC) Main Building, Room 96. The speech, titled "The Warrior Within: A Path to Personal Discovery and Achievement," will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Vanas is sponsored by DABCC.

The showing of the video "White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men" and a student panel discussion will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Hardman Hall, Room 104. The discussion will be on the misuse of American Indian ceremonies and rituals. The discussion will be mediated by Don Pepion, director of the university's American Indian Program.

An arts and crafts fair will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 11, on the first floor of Corbett Center. The fair will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Kent Hall Pavilion. Members of Southwest tribes will use their arts and crafts, such as jewelry, pottery and weavings, to share their culture. Items will be available for purchase.

Also, American Indian dancers, including the Flying Eagle Dance Group from Taos Pueblo, the Red Star Dance Group from the plains region and other pueblo and local groups, will perform traditional and contemporary dances in the Kent Hall Pavilion from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The fair and dancers are sponsored by the United Native American Organization.

A basketball tournament will be from April 11 to 13 at the New Mexico State Activity Center. To participate in the tournament, an entry fee of $200 is required and proceeds will be used to purchase awards. Times for the tournament, which is sponsored by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, will be announced.

American Indian Month events are an opportunity for American Indian students to share their culture with the community, said Pepion.

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

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