Native American/Minority Student Services

Native American dancer performing for audience at powwow

Native American Awareness Week March 16th - 20th, 2015.

For the past 27 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.

2015 Agenda in review: "Empowering the Future". 

Tuesday, March 17

10:00am - 11:15am     Mini Powwow - area Fourth Grade Classes are invited - ACC GYM

Wednesday, March 18

9:00am - 10:15am     "Song and Ceremony" - featuring Michael Penney and the Wap-qa-qaan Nez Perce Nation Drum, and Nez Perce Tribal Elder Wilfred Scott -  Introduction by Angel Sobotta - WCC

10:30am - 11:45am     "Nimiipuu 101" a forum focused on creating a stronger understanding of the Nez Perce Tribe with tribal leaders including Executive Director Rebecca Miles - Introduction by Rusty George - WCC

1:30pm - 2:45pm   "Education and Elders Panel on Empowering the Future" - Silas Whitman, Chairman, Nez Perce Tribal Exectutive Committee, Dr. Christine Meyer, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Department of Education, Simone Wilson, Nez Perce Tribal Enterprises, Jim Spencer, Retired Counselor and Educator, facilitated by Bill Hayne, Director of Education Field Experience -  WCC

3:00-4:15pm  "Tribal Energy and Resource Issues" - Panel Discussion facilitated by Chris Norden, Humanities Professor - LCSC - WCC

6:00-8:00on   "DAMNATION" - Film Review of an Ecological Issues Documentary on Dams and Dam Removal with panel discussion to follow.  - WCC

Thursday, March 19

9:00am - 10:15am    "The Legacy of Vine Deloria, Jr. in Indigenous Studies" - Panel Discussion Phillip Allen, Native American Studies Faculty - Northwest Indian College, Amy Canfield, Associate Professor of History - LCSC, Kathy Lewis, American Indian Studies Instructor - North Idaho College and Christopher Riggs - Professor of History at LCSC - WCC

10:30am - 11:45am    "Artisans and their Craft Panel Discussion" Abe Yearout - Nez Perce Metal Art, Ethel Greene - Northwest Indian College, Jenny Williams - Lapwai High School, Native Arts Instructor, and Kevin Peters - Nez Perce National Historical Park, facilitated by Ray Esparsan, Professor of Art - LCSC - WCC

1:30pm - 2:45pm    "Chaske Spencer - Empowerment through Film and Acting" facilitated by Rhett Diessner, Professor of Psychology - LCSC WCC

4:30pm - 5:30pm     Native American Alumni Chapter Meeting & Social - ACC Conf 1

6:00pm - 9:00pm  Friendship Banquet - NAAW Lifetime Achievement Award, the Isaac "Ike" Wilson Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships will be presented - WCC

Friday, March 20

7:00pm - 12:00am     LCSC Powwow - ACC GYM 

 Flyer on the home page.