Native Americans paying their debt to society should still have the right to pay homage to their traditions while behind bars, West Virginia University Professor Ellesa High says.

High, who formerly headed WVU s Native American Studies Program, will talk about the spiritual needs of American Indian inmates next month at the U.S. Penitentiary and Prison Camp in Hazelton, Preston County.

Her 1 p.m. talk Nov. 2 is entitled,Serving the Spiritual Needs of American Indian Prisoners: An Introduction to Widely Held Native American Beliefs and Traditions.

Highs appearance at Hazelton coincides with Novembers observance of National Native American Heritage month.

The Hazelton facility includes a 768-bed maximum security prison and a 128-bed minimum security work camp. It opened in 2003.

High is also an associate professor of English who specializes in American Indian literature, Appalachian literature and creative writing. Shes an American Indian whose family comes from the Lower Eastern Ohio Mekoce Shawnee. She holds a doctorate from Ohio University.

For more information, contact High at ellesa.high@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3107, ext. 33415.

WVU s Native American Studies Program and its Department of English are both housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.