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Indigenous People’s Day 2015

2015-09-29

The Native American and Indigenous Student Collective (NAIC) at the University of Texas at Austin is gearing up for a year of activities including film screenings with guest speakers, our annual Pow Wow, a community feast and live entertainment by Native artists. In protest of Columbus Day last year, NAIC led a campaign to have UT recognize Indigenous People’s Day. With the support of the UT student, staff, and faculty communities, over 2,000 signatures were collected.

On Monday October 12th, 2015, join us as NAIC will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on campus through two events.

Native American and Indigenous Studies: Meet-And-Greet

5:00pm-6:00pm

Multicultural Engagement Center (SAC 1.102)

The Native American and Indigenous Collective and acting director of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Prof. Luis Carcamo-Huechante (Mapuche) will be hosting a Meet-and-Greet. We welcome the campus community to join us and meet faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students over refreshments and food. This will be an opportunity to become acquainted with one another and connect with professors involved in NAIS.

Film Screening: Young Lakota 

6:30pm-8:30pm

Texas Union Theatre

We will be screening “Young Lakota,” a film that follows three young people on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota as they fight for reproductive rights for women in their community. In addition to the film we will facilitate a post-screening talk where we will invite everyone to participate in a discussion about local efforts for reproductive justice and making connections between different communities and their struggles.

We invite Native American and Indigenous students as well as native allies to come to these events, and also welcome all students with interest in Native American and Indigenous Studies.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

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About Michael Reyes Salas

Michael was born in Bellflower, California. He grew up in several cities within the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and also lived a total of three years between the city of Xalapa, Veracruz and the pueblo of Tequila, Jalisco. After finishing high school in México, he returned to California obtained a GED, enrolled in Citrus Community College in the city of Glendora, and transferred to The University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in English and a minor in French. He entered the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2014. His research has been funded by Mellon Mays, Ford Foundation and the Social Sciences Research Council.