November 3, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State University Recognizes Native
American Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month takes place throughout the
month of November and Shawnee State University has planned
activities to help teach students and the general public
about Native Americans and their importance to our culture.
speaker Robert Roche, executive director of the American
Indian Education Center, Cleveland, Ohio, since 1993, will
present a variety of topics and issues on Thursday, Nov. 12
at noon in the new University Center lobby.
He will speak
on the historical perspectives on American Indian life; the
government treatment of American Indians; health issues;
declaring American Indian status and the educational
opportunities available to people of American Indian
served in many community service programs for American
Indians since 1971, beginning as a youth director at the
Cleveland American Indian Center. He was awarded the City of
Cleveland Minority Business Man of the Year in 1971 and from
1978-80, he was executive director of the CETA program for
the Department of Labor for 11 counties in northern Ohio. He
is very active in programs for the homeless and works with
the City of Cleveland Juvenile Court Division working with
indigenous youth in the system. He also teaches Native
American history at Oberlin College.
“We are very
happy to have Mr. Roche here at Shawnee State,” said Matt
Matthews, Multicultural Student Affairs coordinator.
the month, Shawnee State will have a display in Massie Hall
that will show the numerous tribal areas in the United
States and display books that have been written by Native
November 12 between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sodexo plans to
serve lunch with Native American Indian food.
don’t realize how much we eat that came from the Native
Americans,” Matthews said.
The event is
free and open to the public. For more information, contact
Matthews at (740) 351-3553 or e-mail
PHOTO: Robert Roche, executive director of the American
Indian Center in Cleveland, will be guest speaker at Shawnee
State University during Native American