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Feb. 9, 2005
Contact: Karen Lane Christilles, Lied Center of Kansas, (785) 864-2794.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation gives award to Lied Center at KU

LAWRENCE -- The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Mayetta has donated $20,000 to the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in support of Ping Chong's "Native Voices-Secret History" project.

Jim Garcia, charitable contributions committee coordinator for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, says the award is one of 27 charitable contributions given in the fourth quarter of 2004. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Charitable Contributions Committee makes donations to benefit projects that support educational programs, health and community services, the environment and religion.

The Lied Center and Haskell Indian Nations University are partners in the April 28 through 30 presentation of experimental theatre artist Ping Chong's reader's theatre production. The script for "Native Voices-Secret History" is based on the personal stories and experiences of Native Americans in the Lawrence community, as they are revealed through Chong's oral history project.

In addition to the KU performances of "Native Voices-Secret History," the Lied Center will host a lobby exhibit highlighting information and artifacts related to the production, and sponsor education and community events, including the Bert Nash Mental Health Summit on "Bridging Cultures -- The Native American Experience."

Karen Christilles, Lied Center associate director, accepted the award at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Charitable Contributions Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 26, in Mayetta.

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