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Free lecture on important contemporary Native American issues set for Friday, April 13 at PSU
Friday, April 13, 2007 - 3:00pm

Location: Portland State University's Smith Memorial Center, Room 338

Important contemporary Native American issues will be discussed on Friday, April 13, 2007 when Pauite spiritual leader, Wilson Wewa Jr. will give the free lecture: "Warm Springs Family Traditions, Looting and Repatriation" in Portland State University's Smith Memorial Center, Room 338 starting at 3pm.

Wilson Wewa is the director of the Senior Center, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the former curator of Pyramid Lake Nevada Paiute Reservation Museum. He has been an expert witness in cases involving the looting of Native American burial sites including the trial of Oregon v. Harelson which involved the illegal removal of the remains of two Native American children from burial grounds in Nevada. In November 2006, Wewa testified in Eugene, Oregon, in a trial resulting from what federal authorities regard as the largest "antiquities busts" in recent history. The case followed a 3 1/2 year federal investigation of the looting of Native American sites in Oregon.

Wewa was invited to speak at PSU by Professor Ann Fulton, a professor of History at Portland State University, and his visit to PSU is sponsored by the non-profit Friends of History. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the History department at (503) 725-3917.