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Governor Signs Proclamation to Recognize November as Native American Heritage Month in Kansas

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Governor hosted a proclamation signing ceremony to recognize November as Native American Heritage Month in Kansas.  The signing ceremony  was held on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. to honor the history and culture of American Indians and their influence and impact on the State of Kansas.  Michael Zogry, Director of the Indigenous Studies program, and Elizabeth Kronk, ISP affiliate faculty member attended the ceremony.

Pictured from left to right:

Laura Bond, Vice Regent, Topeka Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
Mary Ellen Norris, Topeka Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
Tim Rhodd, Chairman of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Steve Ortiz, Chairman of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Representative Ponka-We Victors, Wichita, KS
Governor Sam Brownback
Steve Cadue, Chairman, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
Tony Fee, Secretary, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Stephen Prue, Executive Assistant – Office of the President, Haskell Indian Nations University
Michael Zogry, Ph.D., Director, Indigenous Studies, The University of Kansas
Elizabeth Ann Kronk, Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center, The University of Kansas

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2nd Annual American Indian Art & Culture Extravaganza 
Saturday, December 9 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johnson County Community College, Atrium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Free and open to the public
American Indian arts and crafts vendors, lectures of American Indian cultures and issues, performances by American Indian dancers, photos with American Indian Santa, exhibitions by American Indian community members, silent auction to benefit scholarships for American Indian students, traditional American Indian soup and bread sale, and more
For more information: 913-469-8500 or cais@jccc.edu

FILM - Out of State
Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

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