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Former CU professor speaks at O'odham event on Nov. 13

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Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:21 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Ward Churchill, the Colorado University professor whose remarks about Sept. 11 raised controversy and eventually resulted in his termination, speaks at a benefit event for the O'odham people's "Voice Against the Wall" on Friday, Nov. 13.

Churchill speaks at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, 4831 W. 22nd St., at 7 p.m. that Friday.

Since 2003, Voice Against the Wall has organized and advocated for the traditional O'odham leaders and elders of the O'odham communities in the southern territory of the United States and northern territory of Mexico, a release said.

Churchill's talk is part of the "Apartheid in America: Surviving Occupation in O'odham Lands" gathering, which features a concert by Resistant Culture, a punk rock/metal band from Southern California. Resistant Culture's music is best described as tribal grind core — weaving the indigenous flute, rattle, tribal drum, and chant into a backdrop of extreme punk and metal. The show will take place at Dry River, 740 N. Main (University and Main), at 10 p.m. Nov. 13.

The events are dedicated "to raising awareness of the connections between repressive border policies at home and abroad," the release continued.

Ward Churchill is a prolific American Indian writer, a member of the Rainbow Coalition Council of Elders, and on the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. He has written numerous works on indigenous history, U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent.

The event is open to the public. Donations of $10 to $20 are requested, but no one will be turned away. A vegetarian meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.

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