What began at the turn of the last century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions made by the first Americans to the country’s growth has resulted in a whole month set aside for that purpose. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved designated a joint resolution designating November "National American Indian Heritage Month." The heritage of the Native American will be celebrated at Xavier University in a number of ways.
From October 30 through November 6, Xavier’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will present a passive program in the Gallagher Student Center stairwell from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor. “If you vote yes…no…” will present posters with various consequences of voting yes or no on November’s Ohio casino ballot issue. The exhibit will discuss the influence of the gaming culture on Native Americans. The exhibit is open to the public 24/7 and is free of charge.
First Friday Fellowship
The First Friday Fellowship on November 6 will feature Xavier director of photography Greg Rust and his daughter, Erin. Greg will talk about his participation in The Longest Walk in 1978 during his junior year of college. Erin, a sophomore at Xavier, will talk about her participation with the Cheyenne and their yearly Morning Star Ride remembering The Little Bighorn. They will present from 3:00 – 3:30 pm in room 280 of the Gallagher Student Center. From 3:30-5:00, “Pow-Wow Highway” will be shown while participants eat a meal provided by the Black Greek Council. Greg and Erin will stay to talk further about the movie and the differences that students can make in Native American issues. The event is free and open to the public.
Rust has a degree in anthropology from NKU and uses that knowledge in his photography. He has done extensive study on Native-American culture and accompanied Xavier students on service trips around the world. His guiding principle is a quote from cultural anthropologist Ruth Benedict: ‘The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.”