Native American Awareness Week is March 13-16
Video presentations, discussion panels, pow wows, performances, and a Friendship Banquet highlight a week of festivities at the 20th annual Native American Awareness Week and Idaho Indian Education Youth Conference on March 13-16 on the Lewis-Clark State College campus.
The theme for this year’s event is “Twenty Years of Furthering Awareness” and all events but the theatre program are free and open to the public.
The Silverthorne Performing Art Series will hold “People of the Willows” on March 16 at the LCSC Silverthorne Theatre. The evening will explore Mandan-Hidatsa life, culture, songs, and stories from Keith Bear, Gary Stroutsos, and Jovino Santos Neta. Tickets for this performance are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, and free to LCSC students with valid ID cards.
The week’s events kick off on March 13 with a mini pow wow at the LCSC Activity Center at 10-11:15 a.m. Area fourth grade classes will watch and participate.
On that night, there will be an “Evening of Storytelling” at the Williams Conference Center. The evening features an open microphone storytelling contest and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three storytellers. All types of stories will be told, and stories are rated PG-13 and under.
On March 14-15, the Indian Education Youth Conference will be held at the Williams Conference Center and will feature a variety of panel discussions and presentations. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. on March 14 and the first panel discussion begins at 9:15 a.m., covering Leadership and Tribal Government. Rebecca Miles, Chair of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, Chief J. Allan, Chair of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and Mike Marchand, Chair of the Colville Confederated Tribes, will be the panel speakers.
Other panel topics include Treaty Perspectives, Building Bridges Through Education, Research 20th Century Nez Perce History, Environment and Natural Resources, and Hollywood Indians & Entertainers. A complete list of the panels and presentations are listed below.
The annual Friendship Banquet will be held at 7-9 p.m. on March 15 at the Williams Conference Center. The banquet will honor winners of the Native American Awareness Week Lifetime Achievement Award, the Isaac “Ike” Wilson Memorial Scholarship, and other scholarships. Also, the winners of the raffle to benefit the Isaac “Ike” Wilson Memorial Scholarship will be announced.
The week comes to a close on March 16 at the LCSC Activity Center with the LCSC Pow Wow, which runs 7 p.m.-midnight. The master of ceremonies for the event will be Jake Whiteplume.
The dance categories include Tiny Tots (age 0-6), boys and girls (7-12), teen boys and girls (13-18), men’s and women’s (19-and-older), and men’s and women’s golden age. Dances will be traditional, fancy and grass combined, or fancy and jingle combined. All drums are welcome.
The week’s events are sponsored by LCSC, the LCSC Native American Club, the Idaho Humanities Council, The Clearwater River Casino, Nez Perce Tribe, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Colville Confederated Tribes, Associated Students of LCSC, and the LCSC AISLE Grant.
For more information on the event, contact Bob Sobotta, LCSC Director of Native American/Minority Student Services, at (208) 792-2812.
NATIVE AMERICAN AWARENESS WEEK
Panel discussions and presentations schedule
At LCSC Williams Conference Center
Wednesday, March 14
9-9:15 a.m. Opening of Idaho Indian Education Youth Conference
9:15-10:15 am Leadership and Tribal Government – Rebecca Miles (Chair, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee), Chief J. Allan (Chair, Coeur d’Alene Tribe), and Mike Marchand (Chair, Colville Confederated Tribes)
10:30-11:45 am Treaty Perspectives - Dennis Colson (Professor of Law, University of Idaho)
1:30-2:45 pm Spokane Tribal Artist – George Flett will discuss featured paintings and process
3-4:15 pm Building Bridges Through Education – Bill Hayne (Education Field Experience Director, LCSC) and Lisa Guzman (AISLE Teacher Training Project Director, LCSC)
Thursday, March 15
9:-10:15 am Researching 20th Century Nez Perce History - Steve Evans (Retired History Professor and author of “Voice of the Old Wolf”) and Allen Pinkham (Nez Perce Historian and co-author of “Salmon and his People”)
10:30-11:45 am Environment and Natural Resources Panel – Aaron Miles (Natural Resources Director, Nez Perce Tribe) and others tba
12-1:15 pm “Soldier to Advocate: C.E.S. Wood’s 1877 Legacy” – George Venn (Author and retired Professor of English, Eastern Oregon University)
1:30-2:45 pm Hollywood Indians & Entertainers - Kimberly Norris-Guerrero (Actress and & Entertainer “Emcee 1”-Marcus Guinn)