Events and Activities 

September 29-December 12, 2014

LIBRARY EXHIBIT: Before “The Search Engine”:  Education, Identity and Tradition 

In “The Search Engine,” Alexie introduces us to Corliss, a Spokane Indian and Washington State undergraduate whose passion for school and poetry bemuses her extended family—and occasionally—Corliss, herself. Native American encounters with the U.S. educational system have always been fraught with tremendous challenges to individual and collective cultural identities.  For American Indians born in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, on and off-reservation boarding and day schools were traumatic sites of federally and missionary funded ethnocide—or “Americanization”—where tribal languages and traditions were systematically denigrated and suppressed. Nonetheless, many American Indians not only survived these institutions, but also used them to further their own passions and ambitions—as individuals, and as members of Indigenous communities.  This exhibit explores the intertwined themes of education, identity, and tradition with historical and contemporary examples drawn from the regional, state and national landscape.
Curated by Dr. Terri CastanedaDepartment of Anthropology, and Dr. Brian Baker (Bad River Chippewa), Department of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies Program.

Dates: September 29-December 12, 2014
 University Library Mezzanine, Second Floor

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Baker at

Opens October 1, 2014

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS EXHIBIT: The Frank LaPena Papers: Negotiating Indigeneity in The Museum, 1970-1999 

The exhibit focuses on issues of Native American identity, sovereignty and representation in museums using the Frank LaPena Papers as a vital location of knowledge from which Frank LaPena, as artist, activist, and collector, provides a locus for understanding the complexity and diversity of indigenous articulations of tradition and culture in the late twentieth century.

Curated by Valerie Garcia; assisted by Katryn Davis; and supervised by Sheila O’Neill, Director of Special Collections.

Date: Opens October 1, 2014
TimeMonday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Library 1511

For more information, please contact Sheila O'Neill at (916) 278-6144. To find out more about Special Collectionsplease click here.

November 18, 2014

FREE FILM SERIES: Russell Means: Welcome to the American Reservation Prison Camp (2011)

Chief Russell Means gives an eye-opening 90 minute interview in which he explains how Native Americans and Americans in general are all imprisoned within one huge reservation. Means is a leader for the Republic of Lakota, a movement that has declared its independence from the United States and refused to recognize the authority of presidents or governments, withdrawing from treaties it made with the federal government and defining its borders which cover thousands of square miles in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. 

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time:1.30-3.30 pm
Location: Multi-Cultural Center, Library 1010

For more information, please contact the Multi-Cultural Center at or (916) 278-6101.


  • FREE FILM SERIES: Smoke Signals (1998)
  • FREE FILM SERIES: Two Spirits (2009)
  • DINE & DISCUSS, September 10-October 15, Dining Commons
  • AUTHOR DAY: Readings, lectures, and booksignings, October 16, 2014

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