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Date: April 11, 2003 (03-34)
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American Indian Representative to Speak at Montgomery College
April 30 Talk at Takoma Campus Led by Official from National Museum
Set to Open in 2004 

"American Indians: Origins, Arts, and Contemporary Life," a slide lecture by George Horse Capture, will be presented on Wednesday, April 30, at 1 p.m., in the Resource Center, Room 204, at Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus.  The presentation, which is sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Adventures of the Mind student club at Takoma Park, is free and open to the public.

The National Museum of the American Indian, scheduled to open in fall 2004, is expected to attract some 6 million visitors each year.  Much planning is now in progress for this important addition to the Smithsonian Institution museum complex.  Horse Capture, a member of the A'aninin Gros Ventre tribe in Montana, is Special Assistant for Cultural Resources and Senior Counselor to the Director of the new museum. 

In anticipation of the museum's opening, a national powwow bringing together hundreds of American Indians was held on the National Mall in front of the United States Capitol last September.  On that occasion, Horse Capture was quoted as saying, "We were native to this land--here for thousands of years--and yet we are the least-known group of people in this country.  Our lack of historical knowledge is a shortcoming in our national education, but it does not have to be that way forever."  He hopes the opening of the new museum will be an important step in addressing the shortcoming and enhancing all Americans' awareness of the Native American legacy.

For more information on the April 30 presentation, please contact Dr. Francine Jamin at (301) 650-1385 or via email at: fjamin@mc.cc.md.us. Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus is located at 7600 Takoma Avenue in Takoma Park. For directions to and around the campus, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu and click on Directories.

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