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DNR To Host American Indian Heritage Month Program

E. Keith Colston to Keynote

Annapolis, Md. (November 17, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office of Fair Practices is sponsoring an American Indian Heritage Month program to be held on Tuesday, November 23 at 12 p.m. All are welcome to attend the program, which is free of charge and will take place in the C-1-Conference Room of the Tawes Building, located at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis.

The keynote speaker at this event will be Mr. E. Keith Colston, Administrator of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs under the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. Colston is one of the most dynamic and substantive leaders within Maryland State government. He is a member of the Tuscarora and Lumbee tribes of North Carolina and has shared his wealth of knowledge of Native American dance, spirituality, and culture around the world for 28 years. Colston serves on the Advisory Council of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail and on the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Baltimore Division. He was awarded the Director’s Community Leadership Award by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2009.

For more information, please contact Richard W. Allen of the DNR Office of Fair Practices at 410-260-8058.

   November 17, 2010

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