UA Little Rock to host Black Indians and Native American heritage fair

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a Black Indians and Native American Heritage Month fair on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the University Plaza Shopping Center parking lot at the corner of Asher and University avenues.   
Events will feature “Patriot Nations,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indians, about American Indians’ service in the nation’s wars. Also featured will be short educational talks about the Trail of Tears through Arkansas, slavery and Choctaw and Chickasaw removal, and the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes. Native American food, arts and crafts, food trucks, tours of the Trail of Tears Park adjacent to the fair site, and exhibits will be available.

Exhibitors include the Butler Center of Arkansas, Arkansas State Archives, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Black History Commission of Arkansas, Sequoyah National Research Center, Indian Center of Arkansas, Inc., Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, Toltec Mounds, Little Rock Racial and Cultural & Diversity Commission, Boy Scouts of America, Youth Challenge, 4H & Extension Services, Women in Agriculture, the Secretary of State office, and others.

The fair is sponsored by UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center and University District Partnership, Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission, Black History Commission of Arkansas, Arkansas National Guard Museum, and Jason Irby Innovation Foundation. Admission is free, and parking is close and free.

The speaker schedule is as follows:

  • 11–11:15 a.m. Black Indians at Sequoyah National Research Center, Dr. Daniel Littlefield
  • 12–12:15 p.m. Slave, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Removal, Carolyn Kent  
  • 1–1:15 p.m. Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes at the Trail of Tears, Dr. Daniel Littlefield

For more information, email axgwinup@ualr.edu, or call 501-683-7356.

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