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One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of American to set aside a day for the "First Americans" and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens. Read more..
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What's Happening @ SWIC Library
SWIC Libraryjoins with the campus community in celebrating diversity!
Throughout November, the Library’s Books on Parade celebrates the culture, contributions and heritage of Native Americans. Book topics range from specific tribes and nations like the Lakota, Navaho, Pawnee, Hopi, and Crow to Native American art and culture including woven baskets, textiles, clothing, pottery, paintings, masks, totem poles, pow-wows, dance and more! You will also find Native American stories of myths and legends passed from generation to generation. The American Indian Wars are chronicled in detail from Colonial times to Wounded Knee. Discover a new recipe or learn about Native American medicine and healing arts. This month is an opportune time to learn more about these amazing people, their history, their heroism, their causes and activism. Finally, many colorful children’s books are also brightly displayed. We have a large variety of resources for everyone to browse and borrow!
Browse a sampling of our books BELOW and in the TABS outlined to the left.
NEW! COVID measures Library Pick-Up Service:Watch this quick video on how to place a book request. Once requested, library staff will pull your item from the shelf and email you that it's ready for pick up at the library's front desk. You will need your SWIC ID to check items out of the library. The typical loan period for library items is 4 weeks. Current library hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.