Native American, Minority & Veterans' Services

Native American dancer performing for audience at powwow

Native American Awareness Week March 12th - 16th, 2018.

For the past 30 years each Spring Semester, LCSC hosts Native American Awareness Week, which is designed for the general public, LCSC students, faculty, and staff. During NAAW, activities begin Tuesday with a mini powwow and all the area 4th grade classes are invited. Wednesday and Thursday feature a variety of speakers addressing subjects such as tribal sovereignty, health issues, and Indian education. On Thursday evening there is a friendship banquet. The friendship Banquet is the time when the NAMSS recognizes all the Native American students who received scholarships for the year but also the Native American students select an elder for a Life Time Achievement Award. The week ends with a powwow on Friday evening.

2018 Agenda   

TUESDAY, MARCH 13
10:00 - 11:15am Mini Powwow - area fourth grade classes are invited - ACC GYM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14
9:00 - 10:15am Tribal Leaders Panel on "Connecting Community through Education"- Dr. Mary Jane Miles, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chair; Tachini Pete, Program Director of the Potlatch Fund and Others TBA - WCC
10:30 - 11:45am "Native American Boarding School Experience and the Effects on Three Generations of the Nez Perce Jesse Paul Family" - Dr. Roberta (Robbie) Paul, Retired Director of Native American Health Sciences WSU - WCC
12:00 - 1:15pm  Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:45pm "LCSC Native American Alumni Panel - Honoring LCSC's 125 Years" - WCC
3:00 - 4:15pm "Language Immersion & the Nkwusm Salish Language Revitalization Institute" Tachini Pete, Author of the Salish Language Translation Dictionary & Director of the Potlach Fund - WCC 
6:00 - 7:30pm LCSC Native American Alumni Social - Clearwater River Casino
THURSDAY, MARCH 15
9:00 - 10:15am " Tribal Sovereignty" Cajetan Matheson, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Natural Resources and Laura Laumatia, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Lake Management Department- WCC
10:30 - 11:45am "Family, Community and School Influences on American Indian and Alaska Native Student Achievement" Dr. Zoe Higheagle-Strong, WSU College of Education Professor - WCC
12:00 - 1:15pm "Culturally Responsive Education" Lunch & Roundtable with Dr. Zoe Higheagle-Strong, WSU College of Education Professor - WCC
1:30 - 2:45pm "Native American Veterans Panel - Serving Country, Community & Tribe" - WCC
6:00 - 9:00pm Friendship Banquet - NAAW Lifetime Achievement Award, the Isaac "Ike Wilson Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships will be presented - WCC
FRIDAY, MARCH 16
7:00pm - 12:00am LCSC Pow wow - ACC GYM

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