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SRU celebrates Native Americans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will celebrate the heritage, customs and traditions of Native Americans with a daylong program Nov. 4, featuring the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center and focusing on America's native peoples.

The day opens in the University Union with a 9 a.m. gathering featuring traditional dances and songs. Area school children in kindergarten through grade seven have been invited to join in.

Robert Smith, SRU president, will offer remarks at 9:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m., members of the Three River's Council, based in Pittsburgh, will offer Native American stories followed by hands-on activities allowing students to examine Native American artifacts up close. Additional storytelling programs will be offered at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

The council was created in 1969 to help regional residents with a need to maintain their sense of "Indian-ness" recapture their roots and become more conscious of their rights as Native Americans. The council operates from offices in Dorseyville, Indiana Township.

The dances and songs program will be repeated at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

A town hall session to discuss "The Power of Diversity" will be offered at 2 p.m.

The annual event is co-sponsored by the SRU President's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity; the academic affairs and finance and administrative affairs divisions; the University Program Board; SRU's Frederick Douglass Institute; the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.