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#07-252 September 3, 2007

Public event series offers Native Americans lecture in Edisto

The fall Public Event Series kicks off with an interpretive lecture featuring Coastal Native Americans at the Edisto Interpretive Center on September 13th.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) initiated the Public Event Series earlier this year to increase the public’s understanding of marine resources, the importance of conservation and the significance of historical preservation in the Lowcountry. The Coastal Native Americans lecture will feature the first event offering of the Public Event Series fall calendar.

The lecture and discussion will be led by representatives from the Edisto and Varner Town Etiwan Native American Indian tribes of coastal S.C. Representatives will focus on their heritage, customs and culture which have and continue to influence the fragile balance between humans and the surrounding landscape. Cathy Nelson, a teacher with Colleton County School District, will help facilitate the lecture at the Edisto Interpretive Center.

The event is free to the public and will be held the evening of September 13th at the EdistoEdisto Interpretive Center Interpretive Center on Edisto Island. Pre-registration is required to participate in the DNR’s Public Event Series. To sign-up for the Coastal Native Americans lecture and to receive additional logistical event details, contact DNR Series Coordinator Kim Counts, at CountsK@dnr.sc.gov, or (843) 953-9354.

The Public Event Series, to date, has offered 9 educational programs and hosted over 400 participants statewide. Counts notes that, "The pilot round of programs offered with the Public Event Series has certainly met our expectations and has provided momentum to continue offering these types of educational experiences to the public again this fall."  Participants in the initial events provided important and positive feedback, as well as ideas for topics that will be incorporated into the fall Series.

Interested participants for the fall Public Event Series are encouraged to stay tuned for upcoming date and time announcements, registration and contact information regarding the additional Series offerings in September and October.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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