There are many events celebrating Independence Day that will take place on WSU campuses over the next two weeks.
The events at the Pullman campus begin on October 10 with a cutting edge demonstration from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Todd Steps. The general public will be able to help and no prior experience is required.
Staff outside Todd Steps will also host a pizza fundraiser in support of Ku-ah-mah – the Native American Student Organization – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will be available to support this year’s powwow.
In addition to these activities, the Native American Student Center and several student organizations will also be staff tables and share information about upcoming events on Todd Steps from the 9 am until 2 pm.
Independence Day events on the Pullman campus will conclude with a keynote address on the importance of sweets in Cree Culture from Lyman McGilvery, a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation. Lyman is a prominent traditionalist who gathers and weaves sweet grass for community use in ceremonies and gifts. It will be posted simultaneously on the Native American Programs website.
Many students will participate in this event. Alesia Nez, Navajo, will present the land mark, Keola Birano Jr., Native Hawaiian will read poetry and Nakia Cloud, Nez Perce and Cree, will introduce McGilvery.
Events on the Vancouver campus include Federal Recognition and Indigenous Sovereignty about Chinook and Celilo Wyam’s struggle for self-determination. The event will feature Sam Robinson, vice chairman of the Chinook Indian Tribe and Lana Jack, a Celilo Wyam activist. This event will be held on October 12 from 12:05 pm – 1:20 pm in room 261 of the Vancouver campus library and will be broadcast via Zoom.
- Corporate ID: 983 7749 8753, Code: FederaRec
On October 13, Native American Programs Coordinator Julian Ankney will host two events in room 260 of the WSU Vancouver Library via Zoom.
- 10:35 am – 11:50 am “Free the Snake and the Nimiipuu Canoe Project, A Healing Journey”
- Forum Code: 914 0765 5014, Code: FreeTSnake
- 12:05 pm – 1:20 pm “Heart of the Monster, Nimiipuu Creation Story”
- Zoom Meeting ID: 959 9522 937, Passcode: HeartOTMo
And on October 19, the WSU Pullman Reading Program will host a screening of “Smoke Screen,” a 1998 film about two young Coeur d’Alene Indians dealing with loss and the fate of the innocence of children. The examination will begin at 4:30 pm in room 202 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education.
For a complete list of events, see native.wsu.edu