NativeAmericanEventPhotoWinona State University will host mother-daughter pair Donna Brown and Chelsey Luger as they present “Native Americans & the Mascot Issue: We can walk and chew gum at the same time” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

The event will explore why it’s not okay for people on either side of the argument to continually demand a pan-Indian consensus. Using TV clips and social media’s viral mascot hype, Brown and Luger will unpack a less-polarized perspective.

Brown and Luger are members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Brown graduated from the University of North Dakota and Luger is an alumna of Dartmouth College.

This event is hosted by WSU’s KEAP Diversity Resource Center, Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical and WSU’s Equity Theme Team.

This event is part of WSU’s 2015-16 University Theme, “Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community.”

The 2015-16 University Theme, Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community, is about upholding people’s rights, valuing diversity, challenging intolerance, and making institutional change around issues of social justice. For WSU and its communities partnering around a university theme has proven to be an effective strategy for bringing faculty, staff, students, and community members to the engagement table. The year-long focus will enable students, faculty, staff, and members of the wider Winona and Rochester communities to explore the intersections of identifies, cultures, and abilities.

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