Native American/Minority Student Services

Native American dancer performing for audience at powwow

Native American Awareness Week March 14th - 18th, 2016.

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.

2016 Agenda   "Identity, Culture & Education"

Tuesday, March 15

10:00am - 11:15am    Mini Powwow - area fourth grade classes are invited - ACC GYM

6:30pm-8:00pm          A Brief History of Photography and the Plateau Indians (1860-1920) presented by Dick Storch, Photo Historian and Collector - SAC 115

Wednesday, March 16

9:00am - 10:15am      "Self-Identity Prespectives from Native Students" - Student Panel with David Taptto, Julian Ankney, Rusty George and Nigele Wilson-Williamson - WCC

10:30am - 11:45am    "Indian Education" -  a forum focused on the Indian Education initiatives taking place in Idaho, with Johanna Jones, Indian Education Coordinator - Idaho State Department of Education, Patty Sanchez, Academic Programs - Office of State Board of Education, and Idaho Indian Education Committee members - WCC

1:30pm - 2:45pm        "Nez Perce Music Archives & the Legacy of Sol Webb" presented by Loran Olson, professor emeritus, WSU's School of Music -  WCC

3:00-4:15pm                "Blood of Great Chieftains Flows in their Veins" The Great Gifts from our Grandmothers and Mothers - Angel Sobotta, Nez Perce Language Instructor - LCSC & Nez Perce Tribe (in conjunction with LCSC Women's History Month) - WCC

5:00-6:30pm                LCSC Native American Alumni Chapter Meeting & Social - WCC

6:30-8:00on                 "An Evening of Storytelling with Johnny Moses" - Johnny is a renowned storyteller and elder from the Northwest Coast and Tulalip Tribes  - WCC

Thursday, March 17

9:00am - 10:15am       "Oral Histories and Storytelling Workshop" - presented by Johnny Moses, Angel Sobotta and Harold Crook - WCC

10:30am - 11:45am      "Natural Resources and implications of Global Climate Change" presented by Aaron Miles, Nez Perce Tribe Natural Resources Director, James Holt, Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Manager, and Joe Oatman, Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Deputy Manager- WCC

12:00 - 1:15pm            "Empowerment through Diversity"  Johnny Lake, Assistant Professor of Education & Diversity Trainer, Northwest Christian University - WCC

1:30pm - 2:45pm         "Empowering Indigenous Identity through Music in Hip Hop"  - Nataanii Means, American Indian Activist, Actor and Hip Hop Artist -  WCC

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 18

7:00pm - 12:00am        LCSC Pow wow - ACC GYM 

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