Native American, Minority & Veterans' Services

Native American dancer performing for audience at powwow

Native American Awareness Week March 16th - 20th, 2020.

For the past 33 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 friendship Banquet is the time when the NAMSS recognizes all the Native American students who received scholarships for the year but also the Native American students select an elder for a Life Time Achievement Award. The week ends with a powwow on Friday evening.

2020 is Canceled.  

10:00 - 11:15am

Mini Powwow - area fourth grade classes are invited - ACC GYM

9:00 - 10:15am  "Cultural Rsources Panel" Nakia Williamson, Nez Perce Tribe Cultural Resources Director; Quanah Matheson, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Cultural Resources Director - Leaders from the Nez Perce and Coeur d'Alene Tribes Cultural Resouces Programs will provide a brief background on the mission and goals of their departments, and discuss how traditional and ancestral knowledge are intregal components of tribal culture, regional management and identity. - facilitated by Dr. Amy Canfield, Social Sciences Division - WWC
10:30 - 11:45am  "Educational Histories within Area Tribes" Joyce McFarland, Nez Perce Tribe Education Manager; Dr. Christine Meyer, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Education Director; Brandie Weaskus, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Higher Education Coordinator; Claire Manning-Dick, Retired Counselor - Owyhee, NV Combined Schools - Educational leaders will provide a history of Indian Education from their tribes and reservations, with a focus on the transitions of formal education from the Boarding Schools era to current trends at all levels. - faciltated by Bill Hayne, LCSC Division of Teacher Education - WCC
12:00 - 1:15pm  Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:45pm  "Stories of Identity & Resiliency" Elders Panel Discussion with Nez Perce elders - Silas Whitman, Leroy Seth, Tonia Garcia and Shoshone-Paiute elder - Claire Manning-Dick - Tribal elders will share insight on how their educational, cultural, traditional and family background and histories helped shape their individual paths and journeys. - facilitated by Jamie Olson, LCSC Native American Alumni. WCC
3:00 - 4:15pm  "Nez Perce Language" featuring Nez Perce Language students, elders Bessie Scott and Florene Davis - Students will be asked the question "Why take Nez Perce Language?" with discussion and interactive opportunities for students and audience to learn more about the Nez Perce Language opportunities at LCSC and in the Nez Perce Tribal communities. - facilitated by Dr. Harold Crook, LCSC Humanities Division.- WCC
9:00 - 10:15am "The Ethnohistory of American Indian Identity" Dr. Victor Begay, North Idaho College American Indian Studies - This critical discussion explores the cultural, social and political nuances of American Indian identity. Dr. Begay will discuss how American Indian identity has been used to promote and to challenge the validity of indigenous communities experiences. - facilitated by Dr. Chris Riggs, LCSC Social Science Division. - WCC 
10:30 - 11:45am "Artisans and Identity" Tribal Artist Panel with Wetalu Rodriguez, Kellen Lewis, Tasha Carlson and Chloe Nooskey - Art and Identity can by MANY different things. The panelists will look to discuss how art has been a point of connection, healing and expression through Native American arts and culture. - facilitated by Sequoia Dance, LCSC CAMP Direcotor. WCC
12:00 - 1:15pm  Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:45pm  "Climate Change Initiatives and Issues" Aaron Miles, Nez Perce Tribe Natural Resources Director; Stefanie Krantz, Nez Perce Tribe Climate Change Coordinator; Brian Kummet, Nez Perce Tribe Natural Resources- Panelists will provide information on basic climate literacy, a snapshot of what initiatives the Nez Perce Tribe is currently working on, resources of information for projects of other tribes, and will look at a number of solutions including the Nez Perce Tribe's Forestry and Carbon Projects as just one approach to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. - facilitated by Dr. Chris Norden, LCSC Humanities Division. - WCC
6:00 - 9:00pm Friendship Banquet - NAAW Lifetime Achievement Award, the Isaac "Ike Wilson Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships recognition. - WCC
7:00pm - 12:00am LCSC Pow wow - ACC GYM

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