McConnell Airmen host Native American Heritage Month luncheon

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Blackbear Bosin's iconic sculpture the "Keeper of the Plains" has stood watch over downtown Wichita, Kansas since 1974.

As part of Native American Heritage Month, Airmen at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas have an opportunity to learn more about the sculpture's creator during an informal luncheon at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 24, in the chapel annex here. 

The luncheon will include a video provided by the Mid-American All-Indian Center. The hour-long video tells the story of Bosin, who died in 1980 at the age of 59.

"Blackbear Bosin was more than just an artist who created the "Keeper of the Plains," said Capt Jose Valadez, McConnell Native American Heritage Month committee lead. "This video tells the story of his career and the impact he had on Native American art and culture."

It is all a part of this year's Native American Heritage Month. November is set aside to recognize the significant contributions Native Americans have made to the establishment and growth of the United States, said Valadez.

"We want to raise awareness to all that Native Americans have done in the past and are still doing today," said Valadez.

The luncheon will also be an opportunity for the committee to tell Airmen about the Mid-America All-Indian Center, located near downtown Wichita.

"They have a mountain of information, if people are interested in learning even more about Native American heritage," said Valadez.

If interested in attending, contact Capt. Valadez at 316-759-5820.