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Monday, Feb. 22: Colloquium Lecture: Professor Robert J. Conley

5:30 pm

Abernethy Hall 102

Dr. Robert J. Conley (United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians) is the 2010 Elder In Residence at the American Indian Center, UNC-CH. He is the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor in Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University. An enrolled member of the federally recognized United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Conley has held teaching and administrative positions at Northern Illinois University, Southwest Missouri State University, Eastern Montana College, Bacone College, Morningside College, University of New Mexico and Lenoir-Rhyne College. He has won numerous writing awards, including the Wordcraft Circle “Wordcrafter of the Year” in 1997 and “Writer of the Year” in 1999 for fiction for his “War Women.” His “The Cherokee Nation: A History” was selected by the American Library Association as an “outstanding academic title” for 2005.

**EXTRA CREDIT EVENT Wednesday, Feb 24: Dr. Robert Conley: Cherokee Thoughts: Honest and Uncensored

6:00 pm

Room 105, Gardner Hall

**EXTRA CREDIT EVENT Friday, Feb 26: Professor Clyde Ellis, Elon University

3:15 pm
Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall

New Directions in Folklore presents – “More Real Than The Indians Themselves: The Early Years of the Indian Lore Movement in the United States 1900-1940”

Clyde Ellis is Professor of History and University Distinguished Scholar at Elon University. Ellis has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century Indian history and is the author of  To Change Them Forever: Indian Education at the Rainy Mountain Boarding School, 1893-1920 (1996) and Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the Southern Plains (2003); co-author with Luke Eric Lassiter and Ralph Kotay of  The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns (2002); and co-editor of a collection of essays on contemporary dance culture,  Powwow (2006). He is currently at work on a history and ethnography of the Indian hobbyist movement in the United States.

Clyde Ellis Flyer – Feb. 26 1010

**REQUIRED EVENT Thursday, March 4, 2010: Rev. Michael Cummings

Bingham 102, 7:00 pm

Rev. Cummings is the former co-President of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and current Director of the Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, the largest association of Native Baptist churches in North Carolina. Among his many honors, he has been granted an honorary degree from Campbell University and was chosen as Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Congress on the 2009 National Day of Prayer. His lecture will concern balancing progressive political values and conservative Christianity, living a spiritual life in a secular world, and his experiences as one of the first Lumbee undergraduates integrating UNC. See CSPAN Archives for Congressman Mike McIntyre’s comments on Rev. Cummings’s appearance at the National Day of Prayer and YouTube for the prayer itself.

Wednesday,  March 17: Tribal Info Fair

7-8 pm, Dey 313
Many tribes are represented in the student body at UNC. Drop by to learn
about the unique tribes, traditional foods, music, and languages of our
Native students!

**EXTRA CREDIT EVENT Sat., March 20, 2010: 23rd Annual Carolina Indian Circle Contest Pow Wow

11:00am, Fetzer Gymnasium – UNC Campus

The CIC Pow Wow is FREE and open to the Public! You will receive extra credit for volunteering. To volunteer, email Brittany Strong (

**EXTRA CREDIT: April 8-9: Southeastern Indian Studies Conference

UNC-Pembroke University Center Annex, Pembroke, NC

For schedule and registration information, see

**EXTRA CREDIT: April 14: Malinda Maynor Lowery, Book Reading & Launch Party

3:30 pm: Bull’s Head Bookshop, UNC-Chapel Hill Student Stores, Chapel Hill, NC
4:30-6:30 pm, American Indian Center, Abernethy Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Food, music, and fellowship, sponsored by the UNC-CH American Indian Center

**EXTRA CREDIT: April 17, 8:30-5:00, “Many Voices, One Story? Public History Narratives of Native American and African American Histories”

Withers Hall, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
For registration and more information, see

April 16-18, 2010: Haliwa-Saponi Powwow

Hollister, NC

For more info: Haliwa-Saponi 45th Annual Powwow Flyer

Wednesday, May 12: History a la Carte Lunchtime Lecture: Walker Elliot

12:15-1:00 pm, N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh

The winner of the 2010 North Carolina Museum of History Student Essay Contest is Harold Walker Elliott Jr. for his essay “Indians, Administrators, and Jim Crow: How Social Science and UNC Policy Segregated Lumbees out of Higher Education in the Southeast.”

Elliott is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His essay explores how segregation in higher education affected Lumbee Indians in the first half of the twentieth century. Before World War II, some Lumbees attended predominantly white colleges and universities in the Southeast, mainly due to their status as a nonblack minority group. The emergence of new social scientific research on their ancestry, however, threatened this classification, resulting in the University of North Carolina’s enforcement of policies that denied admittance to the Robeson County Indians.