Wednesday, April 11, 2012

AISES to host conference, powwow at Michigan Tech Apr. 13, 14

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech's chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) will host the 2012 AISES Region V Conference, Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.

Region V encompasses the states of Iowa, Illinois, Upper Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario.

The conference --"A Traditional Path Into The Future"-- is geared towards making native students aware of the benefits of pursuing education in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), while maintaining their traditional values. It begins at 9 a.m., Friday, April 13, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Featured speakers and performers include Anton Trever, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University; traditional speakers Bethany and Bob Moody; and Joseph FireCrow, winner of the 2010 Native American Music Award.

The conference concludes with a powwow from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14, in the SDC Wood Gym. The powwow will include a flute presentation at 1 p.m., hoop dance at 2 p.m., two-step contest at 3 p.m. and feast at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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