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Exhibit features artwork by American Indian students

"Tradition is My Life: Education is My Future," an exhibit featuring artwork by American Indian and Alaska Native students (K-12) from across the country, will be on display from through October 25 in the Diversity Studies Room, first floor, Pattee Library.

(September 2009)

University Park, PA— "Tradition is My Life: Education is My Future," an exhibit featuring artwork by American Indian and Alaska Native students (K-12) from across the country, will be on display from through October 25 in the Diversity Studies Room, first floor, Pattee Library.

The exhibit features winning entries from an annual contest sponsored by the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education, which aims to inspire students to consider the connection between their education and culture. This year, students from 175 tribes and clans in 34 states entered the contest. The exhibit will be on display in museums and educational institutions around the country, including the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Penn State's participation is co-sponsored by Penn State's American Indian Leadership Program (AILP) and the University Libraries’ Diversity Committee, in honor of the AILP’s 40th anniversary.

Penn State's AILP is the nation's oldest continuously operating educational leadership program for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Since 1970, more than 220 American Indian and Alaska Native students have earned master's and doctoral degrees from the program and have gone on to pursue leadership positions at the local, tribal, state, and national levels.

In conjunction with the anniversary celebrations, a presentation titled “The American Indian Leadership Program at Penn State: Celebrating a 40-year tradition of leadership in Indian education,” will be held on September 30, at 3 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library. AILP Director and Professor of Education Dr. John Tippeconnic and Associate Professor of Education Dr. Susan Faircloth will talk about the program and review other anniversary-related events. They will also discuss some of the current opportunities and challenges facing American Indian schools and communities, and take questions from the audience. This presentation can also be viewed online. (Windows Media Player required).

Both the exhibit and the presentation are free and open to the public. More information about the art contest is available online, also.

For more information on the AILP, contact Dr. John Tippeconnic (814-863-1626/jwt7@psu.edu), or Dr. Susan Faircloth, (814-863-3775/scf2@psu.edu)

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Lana Munip, (814-863-4265/lana@psu.edu) in advance of your participation or visit.