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Native American History Month: Performances, Talks and More, Starting Nov. 1

October 30, 2017
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
Phone: 410.837.5739

In recognition of Native American Month, the Universty of Baltimore's Diversity Culture Center and Campus Recreation and Wellness have partnered with the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives and the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs to kick off Native American Heritage Month on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Dance performances, awards and a panel discussion will take place in the Wright Theater and the Bogomony Room, both located in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave., beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m.

The program is as follows:

Programs and Awards (9:30-11:30 a.m.):

  • Call to Order by E. Keith Colston, director, Ethnic Commissions, Governor's Office of Community Initiatives 
  • Presentation of Tribal Flag during Grand Entry:
    Commissioner Rebecca Stone of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs 
  • State Flag Commissioner Robert Killen of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs 
  • Invocation "Piscataway Language," Commissioner Rico Newman of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs 
  • Official Welcome by Madam Chair Lisa A. Savoy of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
  • Cultural Dance 
  • Grass Dance 
  • Remarks by Steven McAdams, executive director of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives 
  • Proclamation Reading by Commissioner Leanora Winters of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs 
  • Cultural Dances 
  • Women's Fancy and Women's Jingle 
  • Native Youth of the Year with Commissioner Sherry Ayers \of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs 
  • Native Adult of the Year, with Vice Chair Robert Gajdys of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
  • Special Acknowledgement of Police Officers of Maryland by Commissioner Claude Bowen of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs 
  • Honor Song
  • Cultural Dances 
  • Traditional and Hoop Dance 
  • Closing Remarks by E. Keith Colston, director of Ethnic Commissions in the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives
  • Refreshments, Intertribal Dancing and Festivities

Panelist Presentations (noon until 2 p.m.): 

  • Native Funding and TA in the Federal and Private Sector, with Lillian Sparks Robinson, owner and CEO, Wopila Consulting, LLC
  • Native Americans Arts Opportunities, with Anna Tsouhlarakis 
  • Native Americans and Health Initiatives, with Kerry Hawk Lessard, executive director of Native American Lifelines 
  • Our Native Elders and Youth, with Vice Chair Gajdys

For more information, contact the Diversity and Culture Center at 410.837.5744 or by e-mail at


Last Published 6/9/16