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Events Commemorate Native Heritage Month

The American Indian Student Union at the University of Virginia presents several events to celebrate Native Heritage Month this month.

The movie, “The Only Good Indian,” a Sundance Film Festival selection, will be screened Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Theater. The movie, set in Kansas during the early 1900s, looks at the past practice of white people taking American Indian children from their parents to distant “training” schools, aimed at purging them of their native culture and forcing them to adopt white American society. 

An “anti-Thanksgiving” Thanksgiving potluck dinner will be held Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in Minor Hall, room 125. Bring a dish and share free food. Attendees will discuss Thanksgiving from a Native American perspective. 

Finally, on Dec. 1, the second annual American Indian Fair will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at Random Row Books. The event features crafts, seminars, independent films, workshops, traditional dress and fry bread.

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