News Release

“Knowledge Through Stories” is theme of Native American Awareness Week

The 26th annual Lewis-Clark State College Native American Awareness Week (NAAW) will be held on the LCSC campus March 11 - 15. The theme is "Knowledge Through Stories." All events are free and open to the public.
The week of activities is presented by the LCSC Native American Club and begins Monday night, March 11, with a Mentor Artist Playwright Project at 7 p.m. at LCSC's Silverthorne Theater, located in the Administration Building. The project was written by Lapwai High School students and will be read by professional actors.
Tuesday, March 12, features a Mini Pow Wow for area fourth graders at 10 a.m. at the Activity Center.
On Wednesday March 13 at 9 a.m. at the Williams Conference Center (WCC), Tribal Chairs Chief Silas Whitman from the Nez Perce Tribe and Chief Allen from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe will take part in a Roundtable Discussion on Leadership. Also at the Williams Conference Center, at 10:30 a.m., a Natural Resources Panel Discussion on Culture and Environment will take place, featuring Nez Perce Tribal STEM (Science.Technology.Engineeing.Mathematics.) graduates and Leaders Aaron Miles, James Holt and Aaron Penney. At 1:30 p.m. Nez Perce Legends - "Tim'neepe Heart of the Monster" will be presented in the Silverthorne Theater. This play, presented in Nez Perce Language, was written and produced by Angel Sobotta, who teaches Nez Perce Language at LCSC. It is co-directed by Sobotta and LCSC Nez Perce Language Professor Harold Crook. At 3 p.m. "Native Voices' Project" will feature a discussion of developing playwriting workshops in Native Communities, led by director Thomas Kellogg and Native actors. It will also take place at the Silverthorne Theater. At 7 p.m. in the Silverthorne Theater, An Evening of Storytelling (Nimipuum Titwaatit) wraps up the day's events.
On Thursday, March 14 all activities take place in the Williams Conference Center, starting at 9 a.m. when LCSC English Professor Chris Norden facilitates a Native American Student Presentation & Discussion of Stories and Culture. At 10:30 a.m. a panel discussion called "Nez Perce History – a Focus on the Early 1900's" includes LCSC Social Science Professor Chris Riggs and Nez Perce elders and leaders Leroy Seth, Wilfred "Scotty" Scott, and Diane Mallickan. At 1:30 p.m. Building Community Through Relationships will be addressed by Dr. Johnny Lake, Diversity Consultant & Assistant Education Professor at Northwest Christian University. At 6 p.m. the Friendship Banquet will take place at the WCC, featuring presentation of the NAAW Lifetime Achievement Award, the Isaac "Ike" Wilson Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships.
The week ends Friday night March 15 with the annual LCSC Pow Wow at 7 p.m. in the Activity Center.
For more information contact Bob Sobotta at 792.2812 or 792.2858 or [email protected]