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October 6, 2012

SCC annual global conference to focus on Native American culture


Various cultures from around the world have been highlighted at South Central College’s Global Connections conference, which is held every other year.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, organizers thought this year would be appropriate to focus on Native American culture. SCC English instructor Amy Magnus said there will be numerous fascinating components of the Thursday and Friday conference that the college hopes will attract a large crowd.

Among them is food.

The SCC culinary department has been experimenting with traditional Native American cuisine to offer 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday during day one of the Ethnic Meal Buffet, Magnus said. Offerings will include long-grain wild rice recipes, fry bread, prairie turnips, buffalo and blueberry dishes, among other things. (Friday’s buffet will feature Tanzanian cuisine.)

“They’re really, really being authentic in some of the things they’re exploring,” Magnus said.

The conference will also feature The Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the John A. Votca Conference Center. The award-winning group offers a rich variety of American Indian traditions and aesthetics in dance, song, storytelling and audience participation.

The conference will offer concurrent sessions throughout Thursday and Friday, beginning at 9 a.m., so that conference-goers can choose break-out sessions based on their interests. Sessions range from religion and education, to art, cuisine and politics.

To kick off each day’s activities at 8:45 a.m., pipe carriers will open with a sage smudging. People may be blessed and have smoke washed over them.

Michael Lyons, an Ojibwe cartoonist, will give a keynote address 2 p.m. Thursday, Magnus said.

A complete listing of events, including featured events of other cultures, can be viewed at

If you go


South Central College’s Global Connections Conference


8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days — Ethnic Meal Buffet, $8 (advanced tickets required at SCC Bookstore); 7:30 p.m. Thursday — The Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, conference center, $5 for students and $8 for adults


South Central College, North Mankato


Free and open to the public

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