Native American dancer performing for audience at powwow

30th annual Native American Awareness Week is March 13-17

LEWISTON, Idaho – The 30th annual Native American Awareness week at Lewis-Clark State College is set for March 13-17 and features a variety of discussions, pow wows, performances, and the annual Friendship Banquet.

This year’s theme is “Leading a Legacy: Another 30 Years.” The event is sponsored by the LCSC Native American Club and Native American/Minority Student Services at LCSC.

There will be several individual and panel discussions on March 15-16, and pow wows are scheduled for March 14 and March 17. Comedian JR Redwater, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, will perform for free at 7-8 p.m. on March 15 at the LCSC Williams Conference Center. Redwater is part of the Chiefs Comedy Tour and has been performed on Showtime. His comedy mixes jokes with story-telling.

The full schedule for the celebration is listed below. All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Bob Sobotta, director of Native American/Minority Student Services, at 208-792-2858 or bsobotta@lcsc.edu

All events will be held at the LCSC Williams Conference Center except pow wows:

Tuesday, March 15

  • Mini Pow Wow – area fourth grade classes are invited, Activity Center gym, 10-11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, March 16

  • “A Legacy of Footprints on a campus and community – in memory of Dr. Horace Axtell” – Steve Axtell, Brenda Axtell and Kay Seven, 9-10:15 a.m.
  • “Indigenous Learning Pedagogies: Story and Storyteller (Research and Researcher)” – Dr. D’Lisa Pinkham and Josiah Pinkham, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • “Teaching Culturally – Faculty Roundtable” – Runninghorse Livingston, founder and CEO of Mathematize Inc. Luncheon provided by Teaching-Learning Center and President’s Diversity Commission, noon-1 p.m.
  • “Nez Perce Language Curriculum Projects – Stories and Place Names” – Thomas “Tatlo” Gregory, Mario Battaglia and Nakia Williamson, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • "Condors, Canoes and Culture”  – David Moen, Nez Perce Wildlife Program; Gary Dorr and Bob Chenoweth, Nez Perce National Historical Park, 3-4:15 p.m.
  • “JR Redwater – Comedian” JR is from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and heads the Chiefs of Comedy Tour, 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, March 16

  • “Tribal Leaders Panel” – Chief Allan, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Chair; Dr. Mary Jane Miles, Nez Perce Tribal Chair; and Jeremy Wolf, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Vice-Chair, 9-10:15 a.m.
  • “Protecting the Environment and the No DAPL Movement” – Allen Pinkham, Sr., Dr. Renee Holt, and Samantha White Temple, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • “Creating a System of Change – Nez Perce Women’s Outreach Programs” – Karee Picard, noon-1:15 p.m.
  • "Rapid River History and Project" – Amy Canfield, Josiah Pinkham and/or Nakia Williamson, and tribal elders, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Friendship Banquet – NAAW Lifetime Achievement Award, the Isaac “Ike” Wilson Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships will be presented, 6-9 p.m.

Friday, March 17

  • LCSC Pow Wow – Activity Center gym, 7 p.m.-midnight.