Monday, November 3, 2014

Event Reminder: Legacies and Lunch, November 5

The Trail of Tears is not a single trail, but rather a series of routes traveled in the 1830s by Native Americans from the southeast, through Arkansas, to present-day Oklahoma. At Legacies and Lunch, Troy Wayne Poteete, executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association and a justice of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, will offer a glimpse of how modern Cherokees draw inspiration from their ancestors' experience, on Wednesday, November 5, at noon, in the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. This program is co-hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Clinton School of Public Service.

In his lecture, Poteete will speak from over 20 years of experience in tribal government to illuminate current threats to Cherokee sovereignty and illustrate analogies to the political environment which precipitated the forced removal. He will share how lessons from history guide the efforts of tribal leaders to protect the Cherokee Nation and preserve it as a distinct cultural and political entity for future generations.

Legacies & Lunch is free, open to the public, and sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. The theater will open at 11:30 a.m. to allow attendees to eat lunch in the lobby prior to the program. For more information, call 501-918-3033.


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