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Native American Studies Center gets $10,000 donation

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USC Lancaster

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center has received a $10,000 donation from OceanaGold/Haile Operation, which will sponsor four speakers for the monthly Lunch and Learn programs, held the third Friday of each month in the center’s galleries.  
The four Lunch and Learn programs include:
April 20: Dr. Katherine Osburn, Arizona State University, “The ‘Identified Full-Bloods’ in Mississippi: Race and Choctaw Identity, 1898-1918.”
July 20: Dr. Denise Bates, Arizona State University, “The Southern Indian Movement: Asserting Civil Rights and Sovereign Rights during a Time of Transition.”
Oct. 19: Dr. Robbie Ethridge, University of Mississippi, “Mapping the Shatter Zone:  The Colonial Indian Slave Trade and Regional Instability.”
Nov. 16: Dr. Rose Stremlau, Davidson College, “’To Keep the Indians in Awe’: The Conundrum of Cherokee Violence during the California Gold Rush.”
The contribution also helped fund events during the 13th Annual Native American Studies Week last month.
“We are grateful to OceanaGold/Haile Gold Mine for their generous donation to underwrite this year’s Native American Studies Week,” said Dr. Walt Collins, dean of USC Lancaster.  “Their partnership allows us to sustain and to enhance this annual celebration of Native American culture and history and to share it more broadly with our community.”
The historic Haile Gold Mine, located near Kershaw in Lancaster County, was one of the first operating gold mines in the United States. Discovered in 1827 by Benjamin Haile, the mine has been in production on and off for nearly 200 years. Owned by global mining company OceaneaGold, Haile Gold Mine celebrated its first gold pour in January 2017.  
For more information about the Native American Studies Center’s Lunch and Learn programs, call (803) 313-7172 or visit  https://sc.edu/lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter.