Events and activities related to Native American literature, culture and art will be held at St. Thomas fall semester. Below is a list of events that have been planned so far. If you are incorporating Native American issues into a course, planning an event or want to be involved in one of the activities listed here, please call Dr. Debra Petersen, director of the Luann Dummer Center for Women, at (651) 962-6118, or the person listed for the event.

  • The Luann Dummer Center for Women has awarded $150 grants to the following people to purchase materials related to Native American women this fall:
    • Dr. Cynthia Becker, Art History Department, for slides on contemporary Native American women’s art
    • Dr. Carol Breuss, Communication Department, for books and videos for the course, Intercultural Communication
    • Brian Brown and Sara Klomp, University Relations, for copies of Louise Erdrich’s novel, The Antelope Wife
    • Dr. Corrine Patton, Theology Department, for books and videos for the theology class, Introduction to the Old Testament
    • Christene Sirois, Curriculum and Instruction Department, School of Education, for display materials, texts and posters


  • The Sacred Arts Committee is focusing on Native American activities for its fall events.
  • Author Louise Erdrich will give a lecture Nov. 1 as part of the Luann Dummer Center for Women’s Mythic Women series. Erdrich is the author of The Antelope Wife, the fall common text.
  • An exhibit of emerging Native American women artists.
  • The annual powwow Nov. 3-4.

Other possibilities include:

  • A campus discussion about the powwow
  • A film about the experience s of Native American students at the Blue Cloud Abbey in North Dakota


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