March 15th - 19th, 2021

For the past 34 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 week ends with a Powwow on Friday evening.

Due to Covid-19 the programming for this year will be held virtually. We will not have any of the usual in person events listed above. We hope you will be able to join us virtually.  See the agenda below.

Native American Awareness Week Agenda

Date / TimeDescription / Place
10:30 - 11:45
"Nez Perce Tribe Economic & Environmental Opportunities" - a discussion on land, water code, solar projects, Casey Mitchell, Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee Vice-Chairman;  Chantel Greene, Natural Resources Specialist Nez Perce Tribe & Ken Clark, Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources. 
12:00 - 1:15
"Nez Perce Language Panel" featuring Nez Perce Language students including Nakia Cloud, Victoria Konen, Roland Wilson, Angela Jackson, Jazlen Fillingim and others to discuss their personal interest in Nimiipuutimpt, recognizing elders along with storytelling- facilitated by Dr. Harold Crook, LCSC Humanities Division
Link:  Recording
9:00 - 10:15
"Leadership Through Serving Others" LCSC Division of Education, Bill Hayne. Bill is a member of the Assiniboine/Sioux nations of Fort Peck, Montana, was born and raised, and attended schools on the Nez Perce and Shoshone/Bannock Reservations in Idaho.  Over the past 37 years Bill has served in the education field in a variety of capacities, with an emphasis upon Indian education and Diverse Learners/Instruction. Bill has been a faculty member in the division of education for Lewis-Clark State College, as well as an education and health consultant. In addition to his role at LCSC, Bill has also served as a pastor for the past 19 years. 
Invite Link: Recording
10:30 - 11:45
“Sovereignty – use it or lose it” – A discussion about “Tribal Sovereignty” – what it means, how to use it and how it has been used by Tribes in contemporary times, and what it can mean for Tribes in the future. Loretta Tuell, Managing Principal at Tuell Law. Loretta is an attorney, former senior government manager, and legislative advisor in the field of Indian Affairs and government relations. As the Principal, she provides legal services, strategic planning and lobby advice on the myriad of governmental regulatory, legislative and institutional matters impacting Native people. Ms. Tuell is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe and grew up on the reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. Invite Link: Recording
12:00pm -1:00pm
Virtual raffle drawing and presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Link: tba

Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year the Native American Club students at Lewis-Clark State College take time to recognize a member of the region's indigenous community for his or her life-long contributions to the continued existence of Native communities, values and lives.

  • 1988     David Miles Sr.
  • 1989     Margaret Rogers
  • 1990     Oliver Frank
  • 1991     Frank Penny Sr.
  • 1992     Rose Frank
  • 1993     Wilfred Scott
  • 1994     Katherine Ramsey
  • 1995     Horace Axtell
  • 1996     Richard Halfmoon
  • 1997     Frances Paisano
  • 1998     Elsie Frank
  • 1999     Allen Slickpoo Sr.
  • 2000     Josephine Hayes
  • 2001     Ipsus Nute (Jesse Greene)
  • 2002     Cecil Carter
  • 2003     Bessie Scott
  • 2004     Rosa Yearout
  • 2005     Lucille Wilson
  • 2006     Rachel Zumwalt
  • 2007     Connie Evans
  • 2008     Gilbert Towner
  • 2009     Jim Spencer
  • 2010     Delores Lookingglass Wheeler
  • 2011     Wallace Wheeler
  • 2012     Katherine Powaukee
  • 2013     Loretta "Chet" Halfmoon
  • 2014     Florene Davis
  • 2015     Leroy Seth
  • 2016     Benjamin "Badge" Arthur Sr.
  • 2017     Jim McCormack
  • 2018     Estelline "Essie" Carter
  • 2019     Allen Pinkham Sr.
  • 2020     Lee Bourgeau
  • 2021     Mary Jane Miles
Native American Alumni
Native American Alumni Group

Contact Information

Native American, Minority & Veterans' Services

Reid Centennial Hall 212

500 8th Avenue

Lewiston, Idaho 83501