The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a 30th anniversary dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, 1800 Center St., in Little Rock.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the SNRC’s Native American Student Summer Intern Scholarship Fund.
SNRC creates a research atmosphere that invites indigenous peoples to make the center an archival home, and it seeks to acquire and preserve the writings and ideas of native North Americans.
The 30th anniversary event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. There will be a short program and a live auction with Craig O’Neill. Tickets are $50.
Roy Boney, former SNRC student, will be the keynote speaker. Boney graduated from UALR in 2007 with a master’s degree in art and went to work for the Cherokee Nation.
Since then, he has firmly established his reputation as an artist and, in recent years, has worked on a major Cherokee language translation project. He continues to work as a language technologist for the Cherokee Nation Education Services Group.
An enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Boney graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in art from Oklahoma State University. He worked in private industry and for the Native American Resource Center in Tahlequah, Okla., before entering the Sequoyah National Research Center student program at UALR.
In 2005, he received the Prairie Band Potawatomi Fellowship at the center, where he continued his work as an illustrator for a comic book series and produced a brief animated film in the Cherokee language about the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Boney did a second film in the Muscogee (Creek) language titled “Incident at Rock Roe.”