CDC Marks Native American Month with Speaker Series

Posted: October 20, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: October 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Mason’s Child Development Center (CDC) will inaugurate its Speakers Series with a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 8, that focuses on Native American children who live on reservations.

The lecture, “America’s First Children,” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax Campus. Admission is $10 per person.

Speakers are Rose Ignacio, a member of the Navajo Nation; and T. Carter, MA History ’07 and president of the George Mason University Native American alumni group.

Ignacio’s topic is “Childhood on the Reservation.”  Dedicated to improving the conditions of today’s Native American children and inspiring them to learn about their heritage, language and culture while living in the 21st century, Ignacio will tell her poignant story about growing up on a reservation and her determination to “build a bridge” for the current generation.

Ignacio works as a North American Mission Board missionary and has traveled to Canada and 43 states, including Maryland and Virginia, to help improve conditions for the residents of the reservations.

Carter, a researcher and an activist, will present “The Historic Trauma of Native American Boarding Schools,” discussing the lasting impact such schools had on generations of Native American children and their families.

This moving presentation will include music by Cochise Anderson, an interdisciplinary performance artist; a selection from the Steven Spielberg miniseries “Into the West”; and an opportunity for questions and answers.

The CDC’s first lecture coincides with the month-long program sponsored by the Office of Diversity Services to honor, support and increase the awareness of Native Americans, both at the university and around the country.

For more information and to reserve tickets for the lecture, see the website.

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