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United Tribes Diversity Day set for Monday holiday
11 January 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) - A Native American attorney and writer, who advocates for Indigenous rights and spiritual dignity, is the guest speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. 'Diversity Day' at United Tribes Technical College.

Chase Iron Eyes
Chase Iron Eyes

      Chase Iron Eyes is scheduled to speak at 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 16 in the college's Student Union, the Jack Barden Center. The talk is part of morning-long events from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. that celebrate the federal and state holiday and highlight diversity on the tribal college campus.

      Iron Eyes grew up at Standing Rock, lives in Bismarck and practices law in the Dakotas. He is involved in the movement to end the practice of using Indians as mascots and nicknames. He also works for the protection of sacred sites, including Bear Butte near Sturgis, South Dakota.

      Iron Eyes believes in tribal sovereignty and having Native people flourish in today's world based on principles and values that indigenous peoples are regaining. His writings are featured in major Native American print publications and online sites. At the beginning of 2012 he launched the website "Last Real Indians" (www.lastrealindians.com), featuring original work by writers, artists and other Native contributors who bring an indigenous perspective to subjects that impact Indian country and the global community at large.

      He was recently selected for the Bush Foundation's third cohort of Native Nation's Rebuilders. He is married to Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle, a Bismarck pediatrician; they have three children.

      The public is invited to Martin Luther King Jr. 'Diversity Day' at United Tribes. A traditional meal will be served following the program in the 11 O'clock hour. The event is coordinated by the college's Culture Committee, Shani Bordeaux, chairperson. The theme is: "Continuing the Dream in a Year of Change."

      More information Shani Bordeaux 701-255-3285 x 1384, shbordeaux@uttc.edu.

Hear a radio interview with Chase Iron Eyes about his upcoming Martin Luther King/Diversity Day talk at United Tribes. Tune in to Bismarck's "Family Radio," KBFR, 91.7 FM, on Saturday, January 14 at 12:14 a.m., 6:44 a.m., 12:14 p.m. or 5:14 p.m.


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