Friday, 30 November, 2012
The Native American Student Association at the University of Tennessee will be paying tribute to veterans with an emphasis on the involvement of Native Americans in the past and present. This event will feature two speakers, Jim Northrup of the Anishinaabe Tribe and Richard Allen of the Cherokee Nation.
Jim Northrup, Anishinaabe, writes a syndicated column, Fond du Lac Follies, which is distributed in the The Circle, The Native American Press, and News From Indian Country. Fond du Lac Follies was named Best Column at the 1999 Native American Journalists Association convention. Jim is the author of four books and several plays and his writings are featured in numerous anthologies. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years.
Richard Allen Ed.D., Cherokee Nation, is a policy analyst for the Cherokee Nation. He acts as a liaison between the Cherokee Nation and appropriate federal, state and tribal agencies, as well as dealing with Veterans, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and Section 106 issues of the National Historic Preservation Act. Allen also has served as a facilitator at Camp Chaparral, Veterans Affairs (VA) Office, Yakama Indian Nation, Toppenish, Wash. where he provides VA service providers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses and administrators knowledge and understanding of American Indian's traditional healing practices. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1966-69.
The event will also include musical performances from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Northern Drum Group, Awohali and a traditional Cherokee Dinner provided by the Calhoun family of Cherokee, NC.
This is a banquet style event and will require semi-formal wear. This event is free to everyone. Donations to benefit Native American veterans will be accepted. For more information and to RSVP by November 26, 2012, please contact the Native American Student Association at firstname.lastname@example.org