The Columbia College Foundation will host a look at the changes and challenges of today’s Native American experience Thursday on the college campus.

Speakers will include author and ethnic studies professor Dr. Melissa Moreno, of Woodland Community College, Carlos Giesdorf (Me-Wuk), cultural coordinator of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk, and Columbia College counselor Stephanie Beaver (Hupa), who will moderate.

Beaver is the event organizer and said that perspectives of Native California people are important to invite and showcase, especially in a college setting, stated a press release.

“This will give a missing voice and perspective in a larger public system,” Beaver said in a press release. “It’s great for natives and non-natives alike. It will help everyone gain formal academic knowledge and cultural insight they may not have had access to. It’s great for anyone who works with native people or has a desire to understand native history and present experiences. Who couldn’t benefit from that?”

The event, held during National Native American Heritage Month, will be held in the Dogwood Forum at Columbia College and is free to the public.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the program will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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