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Saturday November 27th

Letter: ?Much to celebrate ?for Native Americans

TO THE EDITOR:

Did you know that North Carolina has an American Indian population of 184,000, the largest of any state east of the Mississippi River?

There are eight state-recognized American Indian communities in North Carolina: Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, Coharie, Meherrin, Lumbee, Haliwa-Saponi, Occaneechi, Waccamaw-Siouan and Sappony. Members and descendants of other indigenous communities also make North Carolina their home.

November is Native American Heritage Month, a month when we remember and celebrate the historical and contemporary contributions of American Indians to our society. We also reflect upon the legacy of U.S. colonization and commit ourselves to an improved future.

Last year, in the annual presidential proclamation for Native American Heritage Month, President Obama said, “As we observe this month, we must not ignore the painful history Native Americans have endured — a history of violence, marginalization, broken promises and upended justice... Let us shape a future worthy of a bright new generation, and together, let us ensure this country’s promise is fully realized for every Native American.”

Come celebrate, discuss and learn about Native American culture with UNC’s Native American students. Join the Carolina Indian Circle for a film and discussion on Native American womanhood Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Union Room 2420. See us in the Pit Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more about the debates over American Indian mascots. Enjoy a Native American-themed dinner at Top of Lenoir Nov. 19. Please see the American Indian Center’s events page for other events.

Meredith McCoy

Doctoral Student

First Nations Graduate Circle Member

Aubrey Lauersdorf

Doctoral Student

First Nations Graduate Circle Member

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