The Edmond Sun

November 11, 2013

UCO celebrates Native American Heritage Month with events


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Native American Student Association kicked off Native American Heritage Month on Thursday with an afternoon of drumming, art, dance and food on Central’s campus.

“Native American Heritage Month is an opportunity for the Central community to learn about a culture that they may have been surrounded by for years, but never formally presented with,” said Stevie Johnson, coordinator of Central’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“Interactive entertainment, guest speakers and discussion will give attendees the opportunity to experience the ideas, languages, foods and customs of Native American culture,” Johnson added.

Other events throughout the month include:

• Endangered Language, 6 p.m. Thursday in Nigh University Center Room 202: Learn the basics of the Muskogee Creek and Choctaw languages.

• “Rock Your Mocs,” Nov. 15: The all-day event encourages students, faculty and staff to wear moccasins on campus.

• “Misrepresentation of My Nation,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Nigh University Center Room 320C: A forum to examine stereotypes and misconceptions of Native Americans.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.uco.edu/native-american-heritage, or contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 974-3588.