“Telling Our Own Stories” is the theme of UND's annual Time Out Week, April 13-17

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“Telling Our Own Stories” is the theme of UND's annual Time Out Week, April 13-17

“Telling Our Own Stories” is the theme of the University of North Dakota Indian Association’s annual Time Out Week, April 13-17. The week is capped by the Wacipi Powwow April 17-19 at the UND Hyslop Sports Center.

Here is a look at the schedule for the Time Out activities:

Monday, APRIL 13:

Opening ceremony

Noon ? UND Memorial Union, Fireside Lounge

(Coffee, juice, and cookies will be provided)

AISES Family Science Night

6 to 7:30 p.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Red River Valley Room

*Sponsored by AISES

The American Indian Science education activity night is focused towards children and families.

Dreamkeeper (Film)

7:30 p.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl

Description of film: In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to the great powwow, an Indian meeting. While traveling, Grandpa tells mysterious Indian tales of love, friendship and magic. The movie contains stories from many tribes across the United States.

Tuesday, ARPIL 14:

BJ Rainbow- Photo Voice Project: Sharing the experience of American Indian students on Campus

10 to 11 a.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl

Biography: BJ Rainbow is from the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa, Spirit Lake Dakota, and Standing Rock Hunkpapa nations. BJ lives here in Grand forks and is currently about the finish his masters in educational leadership in May. BJ is a Marine veteran who served a tour in 2003 in operation Iraqi freedom.

Mapping Our Stories - Presentations by the American Indian Studies and Geography Departments.

4 p.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Red River Valley Room

Project: “Mapping Our Stories” is a project to map North Dakota over time, with specific emphasis on the impacts of oil. It is a public GIS mapping project that allows people to see, understand, and track environmental changes and industrial activity.

Frank Waln and the Sampson Brothers ? Performance

7 p.m. ? Memorial Union Ballroom

Biography: Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota) is a 25 year-old award-winning hip hop artist, producer and performer hailing from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. A recipient of a Gates Millennium Scholarship, he is currently studying Audio Design and Production at Columbia College in Chicago, Ill. He and his Hoop Dancers, the Sampson Brothers, Samsoche (Sam) and Lumhe (Micco), aim to break Native stereotypes through hip hop music.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/05/09/frank-waln-149299

Wednesday, APRIL 15

Frank Sage ? “Carrying the Load of the Sacred Code: The Legacy of a Navajo Code Talker.”

11 a.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl

Biography: Franklin Sage was born in Blanco, N.M. His late parents are Alice Chiquito Sage from Ojo Encino, N.M. and Andy Thomas Sage from Counselor, N.M. The Sage family consists of in birth order: Wilkinson, Sam, Bernice, Louise, Danny (deceased), Jasper, and the youngest Franklin.

Frank grew up on the eastern part of the Navajo Reservation known as the checkerboard area. His primary language is Navajo. Growing up, he spent nine months out of the year attending boarding schools learning English and being socialized into American society. The schools he attended are as follows: Pueblo Pintado School, Dzith-Na-O-Dith-Hle Community School, Santa Fe Indian School, and Navajo Academy.

After graduating from Navajo Academy HS, Farmington, N.M., he joined the U.S. Army for three years of active duty. His first duty station was in Kitzingen, Germany as an Ammunition Specialist, 55 Bravo for two years, and finished out his last year at Ft. Carson, Colorado Springs, Colo. After he served with the military, he returned home to work construction and then one day decided to move up north to North Dakota to attend the University of North Dakota.

He worked at Valley Elder Care in Grand Forks for eight years as a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) while going to school part-time. On March 2006, he rejoined the military with the ND Army National Guard. Fourteen months later, he volunteered to get deployed with the 132 Quartermaster Company for Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this time, he had to put his education on hold to serve just like his father did. He returned home April 2008 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology December 2008. He started graduate school in the Sociology Department at UND the fall semester of 2009 and earned Masters of Arts May 2012. He is currently finishing out his third year in Doctoral program in Education Foundations and Research at UND, and determine to reach the end goal of earning a Ph.D. by May 2016.

The Sage family has a history of serving in the military. First the father, Andy, with the Marine Corp during WWII, the oldest brother Wilkinson, Marines during Vietnam War, second oldest brother Sam, Army, third oldest brother Jasper, currently stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri as a Combat Engineer, and a nephew, Nathaniel in the Marines, currently station in California. Frank served as a Staff Sergeant with the 132 Quartermaster Company in Grand Forks as a Section Sergeant. He is married to Rene’ and they live in Grand Forks, N.D. Rene’s parents are Lynn and Arly Strege from Lidgerwood, N.D., who now reside in Fargo.

The presentation is titled “Carrying the Load of the Sacred Code: The Legacy of a Navajo Code Talker.” A group of Navajo boys gave up their education to volunteer for a war (WWII) that they knew nothing about. The Navajo language was utilized to send messages among Marine units, which were unable to be broken by the enemy. The Navajo Code carried the load for the United States Marine Corp during WW II that was classified until the early 1970s. Frank will tell us about the legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers.

Frank Waln (Keynote Speaker)

6 p.m. ? UND Memorial Ballroom

Frank’s speech will be focused on the theme “Telling Our Own Stories.”

Following his speech there will be a question period and then cookies and coffee.

Thursday, APRIL 16

McNair Presentations

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Red River Valley Room

AISES Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

4:30 to 10 p.m. ? Pizza Ranch

Tonia Jo Hall (Auntie Beachress) – Native Comedy

7 p.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Loading Dock

*Sponsored by UNDIA

Friday, APRIL 17

STEM (Sponsored by AESIS)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Red River Valley Room Presentations

Winona LaDuke

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ? UND Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl

*Invited by NALSA

Biograhpy: Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Indian Reservation and is the mother of three children. Winona founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project in 1989 and served as its Executive Director for 25 years. She is currently the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline Native environmental groups. She is also an American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development.

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