UT Arlington will host the First Annual Indigenous People's Day on Monday, October 10th, from 3pm to 7pm. The day will start at 3pm with a student and alumni forum entitled Being Indigenous at UTA. This will be immediately followed by the ribbon cutting to the newly renovated Land Acknowledgement Courtyard and unveiling of the Land Acknowledgement bronze plaque and monument. Invited speakers include UTA President Dr. Jennifer Cowley, Provost Dr. Tamara Brown, Arlington Mayor Jim Ross and members of the DFW Native American Community. Both events will be outside directly North of the Central Library.
At 5 p.m., the event moves to the Library Atrium, located on the 6th Floor of the Central Library for a Native Food Tasting featuring selections from traditional Native American dishes. At 6pm, Dr. Farina King (Diné) will present Native Circles: Sustaining Ties to HomeLand. Dr. King is the Horizon Chair of Native American Ecology and Culture at the University of Oklahoma. Accompanying her presentation is Native Now, a curated exhibit featuring selections from UTA Libraries Special Collections, artifacts, and contemporary artistic works. Some of the featured artists include UTA alumnus Jason Lujan (Chiricahua Apache), whose work has been exhibited in NYC and other countries, and Brian Larney (Choctaw/Seminole) who produced the event imagery.
Free parking is available in lots F11, F12 and Lot 28. Please refer to the attached map for the parking and commemorative site locations.
Grand Opening of the UTA Land Acknowledgement Courtyard
(North of Central Library)
3pm - Being Indigenous at UTA: Student & Alumni Forum
4pm - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Monument Unveiling
Join Us at the Central Library 6th Floor Atrium
5pm - Indigenous Food Tasting & Native Now Art Exhibit
6pm - Native Circles: Sustaining Ties to HomeLand - Dr. Farina King (Diné), Horizon Chair of Native American Ecology and Culture, University of Oklahoma
All events are free & open to the public. ASL interpreters will attend.
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