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March 5, 2007

Native American Activist To Discuss 'People, Empowerment And Change' March 9

Frank LaMere, a Winnebago activist, will discuss "The People, Empowerment, and Change" at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9 in the Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture is sponsored by Opportunity of Iowa and Support Service Programs and is free and open to the public.

LaMere has had extensive involvement with empowerment efforts of native people throughout the United States. Nebraskans for Peace named him Peacemaker of the Year in 2001. This award honored his work to stop the illegal flow of alcohol from Nebraska onto the dry Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In 2006, he was honored by the Nebraska legislature for his advocacy on behalf of native people.

He has been active in state and national politics since 1987 and chaired the Native American Caucus at the 2000 and 2004 Democratic Conventions. He is former vice chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party and is currently a member of the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee. LaMere has also been involved in the ongoing Community Initiative for Native Children and Families and he was instrumental in the passage and implementation of the Iowa Indian Children Welfare Act of 2003.

In addition to the March 9 lecture, he will meet with staff from Opportunity at Iowa and Support Service Programs the morning of Thursday, March 8.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Marisa Moore, Opportunity at Iowa, at 319-335-3555 or at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-384-0077,; Program: Marisa Moore, 319-335-3555,; Writer: Marisa Moore.