March 14th - 18th, 2022

For the past 35 years each Spring Semester, LCSC hosts Native American Awareness Week, which is designed for the general public, LCSC students, faculty, and staff. During NAAW this year, activities begin Wednesday and we will feature four sessions of speakers addressing subjects such as tribal government and programs, culture, language and Indian education. Wednesday evening we will have Storytelling. On Thursday there is a Nez Perce Language Bowl. The week ends with a Powwow on Friday evening.

Native American Awareness Week Agenda

Date / TimeDescription / Place
March 16

Native American Awareness Week Flyer. Speakers Flyer. Powwow Flyer

9:00am - 10:15am

"Nez Perce Tribe 101" - a discussion on the Nez Perce Tribe and tribal, cultural, environmental and economic projects. Samuel Penney, Chair - Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee(NPTEC) and Shannon Wheeler, Vice-Chair - Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.  WCC and Zoom

10:30am  - 11:45am

"Engaging Schools and Native American Communities through Culturally Responsive Education" Mandy Smoker Broaddus, is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Ft. Peck, has served at the tribal college, K-12 and state education agency levels across Montana and is currently a Native Education Expert for Education Northwest. She also led Montana's Indian Education for All work with a focus to include American Indian identity, culture and history in educational systems. WCC and Zoom.

12:00pm - 1:00pmFaculty/Staff/Student Roundtable, Discussion with Mandy Smoker Broaddus & Beth Piatote. WCC

"The Beadworkers: Stories" - Dr. Beth Piatote, a writer, scholar, and Indigenous language activist who is the author of two books including, The Beadworkers: Stories.  An associate professor of Comparative Literature and Native American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Piatote is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and works in her heritage language of Nez Perce. Dr. Piatote will share and discuss her latest book.  WCC and Zoom.

3:00pm - 4:15pm

"Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer's Journey Into Native Oral Tradition". Seasoned anthropologist/ethnographer and retired University of Idaho Professor Dr. Rodney Frey offers personal and professional insights into the power and value of storytelling gleaned from over forty years of successful work with indigenous peoples.  WCC and Zoom.

6:00pm -7:30pmAn Evening of Storytelling. WCC
March - 17
10:00am - 3:00pm "Language Bowl" In collaboration with the LCSC Nez Perce Language classes and Nez Perce Language teachers and elders, LCSC student Justin Rabago-Johnson will lead this special event featuring students/teams from are high schools and colleges. Competition will focus on the Nez Perce Language with winners and categories tbd based on participants.  WCC.
12:00pm - 12:45pmSweet the Tipi and Other Games.  WCC or Fountain Area.
March -18
6:30pm - 11:00pmLCSC Native American Awareness Week Closing Powwow, Scholarship Raffle & Lifetime Achievement Award presented. PIFCU Activity Center.

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
  • 2022     Vera Sonneck
Native American Alumni
Native American Alumni Group

Contact Information

Native American, Minority & Veterans' Services

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500 8th Avenue

Lewiston, Idaho 83501