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Olympic hero Billy Mills visits Bloomington

Olympic hero Billy Mills, the subject of the biographical film, Running Brave, will visit Bloomington on Monday, November 10th.  His visit is one of many events marking Native American Heritage Month.  Mills grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  He attended the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship.  He went on to win the gold medal in the 10,000 m race in 1964 Olympics in Japan in a surprise victory over several favored runners.

There will be a free showing of the film Running Brave at 3 p.m. Monday at the IU Cinema.  In addition to Mills, Robby Benson, professor in the Media School, will also be on hand for a Q and A after the film. Benson starred as Mills in the 1983 film.

Although the event is free, tickets are required and are available at the IU Auditorium Box Office.

bloomingOUT – December 26, 2013

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Special holiday edition that includes an interview with Helen Harrell by IU Journalism student Brittney Jackson about the history of the show. Two editions of Navajo Rainbow with Chair/Professor of Dine’ Studies at Navajo Technical University Wesley Thomas discussing two – spirit tradition and Navajo gender construction as well as the negative effects of western culture on native tradition and language. Featured artist is Native American singer/songwriter Roger Kuhn. Musical selections are “Every Year at Christmas Time” and “I Heard There was a Star.”

www.navajotech.edu/index/php/faculty…dine…/158-wesley-thomas
www.rogerkuhn.com

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich
Music created by Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
Guest co-host Victor Kinzer

Interchange – Choctaw Academy: Educating the Vanquished

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This week on Interchange, host Doug Storm speaks with Christina Snyder, an associate professor in the Departments of American Studies and History at Indiana University. Snyder’s scholarship focuses on Native North America and on the histories of colonialism and slavery.  She is the author of Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America.  Snyder instructs us about Choctaw Academy, the first national Indian boarding school in the United States. Open from 1825 to 1848, the school was located on the plantation of prominent politician Richard Mentor Johnson. During Choctaw Academy’s lifespan, the United States transitioned from an east-coast nation to a continental power. The story of Choctaw Academy reveals how the emerging U.S. empire developed a tandem approach, violence and acculturation, to exert economic, political, and cultural influence far beyond even its extensive territory, and the complex ways in which colonized people met these challenges.

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