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American Heritage Month Celebration Set for Nov. 1 in Webb Center

Old Dominion's Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) will present the first American Heritage Month Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the North Mall of Webb Center.

Performances, tribal information and vendor stations, scheduled from 12:30-1:30 p.m., will feature Chief Lynette Allston of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia; Jesse Bass, Council member and event coordinator for the Nansemond Indian Tribal Association and drum keeper for Full Circle Singers; and Melissa DeSantis of the Lakota Sioux, from Pine Ridge South Dakota.

Prior to 1607, several distinct groups of Iroquoian-speaking native people, including the Nottoway Indians, lived in the Virginia-North Carolina coastal plain. In Virginia, there are three Native American linguistic groups - Algonquin, Siouan and Iroquoian. The Nottoway Indians are a Southern Iroquoian tribe and are citizen Indians with a rich past and a proud future.

For more information about the program contact OIR at 3-4406 oir@odu.edu, or visit the office website at odu.edu/oir.

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