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Explore Tribal Government, Sovereignty, and Culture during a Presentation on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at the U of M, Crookston; Program begins at Noon in Youngquist Auditorium located at NWROC
January 21, 2009

Contact: Deb Zak, campus regional director, 218-281-8686 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Exploring tribal government, sovereignty, and culture will be the focus of a special presentation at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Thursday, February 5, 2009. The guest speakers include Dawn Newman, American Indian and tribal partnership liaison with U of M Extension; along with regional extension educators Susan Beaulieu, who works with  4-H youth development; and Jennifer Garbow, a part of Extension’s family resource management team. The presentation will take place in Youngquist Auditorium at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center beginning at noon. The event is free and the public is welcome.

American Indian tribes in the United States are sovereign nations and this presentation will focus on the historical, social, political, and economic implications of that unique relationship with the federal government—one that changes the nature of this minority group’s role in American society. There will also be an opportunity to explore some of the cultural interactions that occur in a nation as diverse as ours. The session will include simulation, discussion, and audience participation.

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