News Release

Native American Awareness Week March 14-18

LEWISTON, Idaho – Native American Awareness Week, hosted by Lewis-Clark State College, will take place on March 14-18. This year’s theme is “Identity, Culture & Education.”

The full schedule for the weeklong celebration is listed below. For more information contact Robert Sobotta, director of Native American/Minority Student Services, at 208-792-2858 or [email protected].

Tuesday, March 15
-       Mini Pow Wow for area fourth graders (Activity Center gymnasium, 10-11:15 a.m.)
-       “A Brief History of Photography and the Plateau Indians (1860-1920)” presented by photo historian and collector Dick Storch (Sacajawea Hall, Room 115, 6:30-8 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 16
-       “Self-Identity Perspectives from Native Students” – a student panel with David Taptto, Julian Ankney, Rusty George, Victoria Mitchell and Nigele Wilson-Williamson (Williams Conference Center, 9-10:15 a.m.)
-       ”Indian Education” – a forum focused on the Indian Education Initiatives taking place in Idaho with Johanna Jones and Patty Sanchez of the Idaho State Department of Education and Idaho Indian Education Committee (Williams Conference Center, 10:30-11:45 a.m.) 
-       “Nez Perce Music Archives & the Legacy of Sol Webb” presented by Loran Olson, professor emeritus at WSU’s School of Music(Williams Conference Center, 1:30-2:45 p.m.)
-       "Blood of Great Chieftains Flows in their Veins – The Great Gifts from our Grandmothers and Mothers” presented by Angel Sobotta, Nez Perce language instructor, in conjunction with LCSC Women’s History Month (Williams Conference Center, 3-4:15 p.m.)
-       LCSC Native American Alumni Chapter Meeting & Social (Williams Conference Center 5-6:30 p.m.)  
-       “An Evening of Storytelling with Johnny Moses“ – presented by renowned storyteller and elder from the Northwest Coast and Tulalip Tribes Johnny Moses (Williams Conference Center, 6:30-8 p.m.)

Thursday, March 17
-       “Oral Histories and Storytelling Workshop” presented by Johnny Moses, Angel Sobotta, and Harold Crook (Williams Conference Center, 9-10:15 a.m.)
-       “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 (Williams Conference Center, 10:30-11:45 a.m.)
-       “Empowerment through Diversity” presented by Johnny Lake, assistant professor of Education and Diversity Training at Northwest Christian University (Williams Conference Center, 12-1:15 p.m.)   
-       "Empowering Indigenous Identity through Music in Hip Hop" presented by Nataanii Means, American Indian activist, actor and hip hop artist (Williams Conference Center, 1:30-2:45 p.m.)
-       Friendship Banquet and NAAW Lifetime Achievement Award – the Isaac “Ike” Wilson Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships will be presented (Williams Conference Center 6-9 p.m.)

Friday, March 18
-       LCSC Pow Wow (Activity Center gymnasium, 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.)

Native American Awareness Week is presented by the LCSC Native American Club with special thanks to the Idaho Humanities Council, Associated Students of LCSC, LCSC Warrior Entertainment Board, President’s Diversity Commission, Social Science Division, Education & Kinesiology Division, Nez Perce Tribe, Pi’amkinwaas, Clearwater River Casino & Lodge, and Lewis-Clark State College.