October 20, 2008

Project Nur Announces ‘A Native American History Symposium, Erasing Indians: Investigating Accounts and Denials of Genocide in Native New England’

BOSTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Project Nur is collaborating with the Department of Anthropology and the Native American Student Society ("NASS") at the University of Massachusetts-Boston ("UMass Boston") and the Plimoth Plantation on an event entitled, "A Native American History Symposium, Erasing Indians: Investigating Accounts and Denials of Genocide in Native New England." The event will take place on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Media Theatre, located on the lower level of the Healey Library at UMass Boston.

Genocide has been and continues to be committed against Muslims, such as in Darfur, Sudan. By collaborating on this event, Project Nur endeavors to educate the UMass Boston student community about similar injustices suffered on the part of Native Americans. "Both the Muslim and Native American communities have suffered from gross human rights injustices. It is our hope that this collaborative educational event will initiate a new partnership between American Muslims and Native Americans on campus to tackle shared obstacles and create better understanding between our respective communities through a realization of our common experiences," said Sima Fazlollahi, Project Nur Treasurer.

The event will bring together a number of panelists from various Native American backgrounds to discuss the claims of genocide against Native Americans in New England. It will be moderated by Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe), Associate Director of the Wampanoag Program at Plimoth Plantation. Panelists include Trudie Lamb-Richmond (Schaghticoke tribe), Director of Public Programs for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center; Marge Bruchac (Abenaki tribe), Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut; Phil Laughing Crow Austin (French/Choctaw tribe), author of "Talking Leaf: The Nantucket Diary of Sarah Skootequary"; and Kevin McBride, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut/Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

Project Nur (http://www.projectnur.org/) is a "new light on campus" that creates a distinct and alternative Muslim voice: a civic identity grounded in pluralism and moderate thinking and action, one that dispels the perception of a monolithic Muslim voice. It emphasizes civic action with the goal of forging a cohesive and mutually respectful multicultural community of university students who are committed towards the advancement of human rights, civil rights, social justice, tolerance, understanding, and coexistence. Project Nur is a student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress (http://www.aicongress.org/).

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CONTACT: Jeehan Faiz of Project Nur, American Islamic Congress,+1-617-266-0080, [email protected]

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