LCC hosts celebration of Native American Heritage Month

Correction: Ben Aleck will speak between 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 in Creative Arts 127. Lassen News regrets the error.

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Lassen Community College invites the public to join them in a celebration of Native American Heritage Month.  The community and students are welcome.

Ben Aleck will speak between 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 in Creative Arts 127. Aleck shares his paintings, (featured in the Smithsonian, Stewart Museum, Oakland Museum and the Nevada Museum of Art), indigenous stories and historical movements.

According to Great Basin Native Artists, Aleck is a Numu (northern Paiute) and a member and resident of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (Kooyooe Tukadu) of Nevada.  He received his formal education in art at the California College of Art formerly the California College of Arts and Crafts located in Oakland, California. He graduated in 1972, receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree, majoring in painting.

Aleck’s early work consisted of mainly oil painting utilizing the human figure as subject matter. His recent work consists of drawings using pen and ink and graphite on paper. The human figure is still a major theme in his work; however, he has the ability to incorporate a variety of materials and subjects in his work.

His current work is mixed media using water base paint, ink, dyes and natural materials. The subject matter consists of statements relating to cultural issues and environmental concerns.  He has participated in several group shows in Nevada and other Western states.

A Native American Art Show will be on display in the LCC Cafeteria from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 featuring Susanville Indian Rancheria youth art and a Ben Aleck art display.

There will be an opening ceremony at 2 p.m. and an Indian taco vendor from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Native American Heritage Month traces its origins to 1916 commemorating “American Indian Day” in New York State. President George H. W. Bush signed into law a joint resolution designating the month of November as the first National Native American Heritage Month in 1990.

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, “National Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each year in November. It is a time to celebrate the traditions, languages and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities and ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation. This November and every month, we celebrate the culture and heritage of these remarkable Americans who deeply enrich the quality and character of our nation. We celebrate Indian country with its remarkable diversity of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures and peoples while remembering and honoring our veterans who have sacrificed so much to defend our nation.

“This year’s theme at Interior is Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity. Tribal sovereignty ensures that any decisions about tribes with regard to their property and citizens are made with their participation and consent.

The federal trust responsibility is a legal obligation under which the United States “has charged itself with moral obligations of the highest responsibility and trust” toward Indian tribes.

The Department of the Interior plays a key role in strengthening Tribal sovereignty, living up to trust and treaty responsibilities, and conducting robust tribal consultation. Much of the Department’s work under Secretary Haaland’s leadership also centers on acknowledging the impact that relocation, forced assimilation and lack of critical funding has on indigenous communities across the country. We are committed to elevating those issues while empowering tribal governments and indigenous peoples.

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