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Haskell events to celebrate 50th birthday of preeminent text in American Indian studies

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Vine Deloria Jr.’s influential book, “God is Red,” is turning 50 this year, and Haskell Indian Nations University has a week of events planned to celebrate.

Deloria was a Standing Rock Sioux theologian, activist, historian, and a founder of the academic discipline of American Indian Studies. He authored more than 20 books on topics such as Native American philosophy, religion, history, and politics.

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Here’s the schedule of events:

• 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11: Daniel Wildcat, Yuchi/Muscogee, Haskell: “Deloria’s Religious Vocation”

• 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12: Haskell student reflections on “God is Red.” All Haskell students received a copy of the book this year.

• 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13: Haskell faculty on “What ‘God is Red’ means to you”

• 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14: Scholars present on “God is Red” — Melinda Adams, San Carlos Apache, of KU; Nick Peroff, professor emeritus of UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management; and Alex Red Corn, Osage, of K-State, with moderator Daniel Wildcat

• 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14: Scholars present on “God is Red” — Paulette Blanchard, Absentee Shawnee, of the Haskell Rising Voices, Changing Coasts Hub; Robert Warrior, Osage, of KU; Rick Wheelock, Oneida, professor emeritus of Fort Lewis College; and David E. Wilkins, Lumbee, of the University of Richmond, with moderator Daniel Wildcat

All events will be held in room 110 of Parker Hall, which is at the southern end of the Haskell campus. All are free to attend and open to the public.

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