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Film screened for Native American Heritage Month, Nov. 14

"The Great American Footrace," a film by Princeton alumna Lily Shangreaux and Dan Bigbee Jr., will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in 101 McCormick Hall in observance of Native American Heritage Month.

The film tells the story of 19-year-old Andy Payne, a Cherokee from Oklahoma who in 1928 won the momentous "Bunion Derby," a cross-country race from Los Angeles to New York. A question-and-answer session with Shangreaux and Bigbee will follow the film.

Shangreaux, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from South Dakota, was one of the first women admitted as a freshman to Princeton. She graduated with an A.B. in psychology in 1973. Shangreaux began her career in film in 1993 when she founded BIG productions with Bigbee, a Comanche from Oklahoma who serves as producer, director, editor, videographer, writer and engineer for the company.

The event is sponsored by Native Americans at Princeton, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board, the Program in American Studies and the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding.

For more information, contact Chris Francis .

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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