St. Charles Community College will celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November with a series of events and activities. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
“The True Story of the First Thanksgiving,” a lunch event featuring traditional, authentic foods will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Plaza Bistro, located in SCC’s Student Center. Participants should bring a donation of five canned goods or $5. All proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
“Reel Injun,” a film, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. Produced with the National Film Board of Canada, “Reel Injun” documents the way Hollywood projected images of Native Americans on the screen, often inaccurately, and with distortion of culture, values, religion and history. The official selection of the Toronto Film Festival, the 2009 film is directed by Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge and Jeremiah Hayes.
“Native Lands and America’s Energy and Mineral Policies,” a lecture by Hal Berry, professor of history and theater, will be held 10-11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. Focusing on the 20th century, this seminar discusses the attempt by energy companies and officials from various states and the federal government to force American Indians to sign leases, contracts and treaties.
Michael Murphy, Nebraska native folk singer, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences. The performance will celebrate the spiritual and cultural life of the Plains Indians. Joining him will be D.Z. Iron Wing, the great-grandson of the Lakota holy man Black Elk. The program will include the songs, prayers and dances of the Lakota and other native nations.
Native American Heritage Month activities are part of SCC’s multicultural programming – events celebrating nationally recognized heritage months throughout the academic year. Multicultural programming allows students to consider multiple perspectives and cultures.
Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College is celebrating 25 years as a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.