Soup and Substance series to discuss Native American heritage, activism


Central Michigan University students are invited to learn more about Native American heritage and activism over soup at another event taking place in the Soup and Substance series. 

The Soup and Substance Native American Heritage event will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Bovee University Center, terrace room 221.

The event is one in a series where members of the campus community and greater Mount Pleasant area are invited to gather for a soup luncheon and a substantive presentation on diversity-related topics.

Nataanii Means will be the featured speaker, and the event will consist of an open Q&A between him and the audience. He is known for his activism and he has done work protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Means  also works as an Indigenous hip-hop performer from Albuquerque. 

Hannah Bartol, student assistant at the Office of Native American Programs, organized the event, and said she doesn't think there are enough conversations about some of the struggles that Native Americans face today. 

“I’m hoping to start conversations about activism with Native American people, and how a non-Native American person can be an ally and use their voices to help," Bartol said. 

There will be vegetarian and non-vegetarian soup selections available at the event. 

The event is sponsored by the Native American Programs office, and is apart of Native American Heritage Month.