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NIC to host events in honor of American Indian Heritage Week

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North Idaho College will host a week full of events honoring American Indian Heritage Week April 5-9.

North Idaho College is hosting a variety of events throughout the week of April 5-9 in honor of American Indian Heritage Week.

“We’re proud to be able to offer such a fantastic series of Native American presentations and events to the community,” said NIC American Indian Student Adviser and American Indian Student Alliance Adviser Evanlene Melting Tallow. “The variety of the events provides a thorough insight into American Indian heritage.”

Monday, April 5

The weeklong series will kick off with storytelling with Marie Poirier of the Blackfeet Tribe at 10 a.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building Driftwood Bay Room.

A drumming and dancing exhibition by the Rose Creek Drummers and the Shooting Star Dancers of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building Plaza.

Later that day, Felix Aripa from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe will present “Coeur d’Alene Tribal History” from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building Driftwood Bay Room.

Tuesday, April 6

Norma Peone of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe will present a stick game demonstration from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building Lake Coeur d’Alene Room.

Wednesday, April 7

A silent auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building Driftwood Bay Room. Auction items include works from artists Ric Gendron, George Hill, Andrew Morrison, Philomena Nomee, Larry White, Everett White, Matilda Bob, Bobbie White, George Flett and Wilma Bob. Proceeds will benefit the American Indian Student Scholarship at NIC. Arts and crafts vendors will also be set up throughout the day in the Edminster Student Union Building Plaza.

Artwork by Native American artists will be featured during an art show in the Edminster Student Building throughout the day. Philomena Nomee of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe will provide a beading demonstration at 10 a.m. followed by sculpture work at 11:15 a.m. by George Hill of the Spokane Tribe. Henrietta Brown of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe will demonstrate basket weaving at 1 p.m. and Rick Gendron of the Colville Tribe will provide a demonstration of acrylic painting at 3:15 p.m. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artists from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building Echo/Blue Creek Bay Room. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, April 8

Nez Perce tribal member Phil Allen will present “History of the Nez Perce Tribe and the Lolo Trail” at noon in Molstead Library Todd Hall.

The American Indian Student Alliance will present a special event at 7 p.m. in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. The Inter-Tribal Show will feature several performances emceed by comedian Lux Devereaux of the Blackfeet Tribe. Performers include rap artist Andrew Morrison of the Apache/Haida Tribe as well as Shooting Star Dancers of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe along with hand drum singers Shonto Pete of the Salish/Kootenai Tribe and Gabby Corral of the Spokane Tribe. Cost is $5 at the door and proceeds benefit the American Indian Student Scholarship at NIC. Student admission is free with an NIC student ID.

Friday, April 9

American Indian Heritage Week events will wrap up with a presentation on traditional foods of the Coeur d’Alene and Salish tribes. Coeur d’Alene tribal member Mark Stanger will present at 11 a.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building Driftwood Bay Room.

The food presentation will be followed by an Inter-Tribal Food Feast at 11:15 a.m. in NIC’s Christianson Gym. Highlights include salmon, smoked elk, frybread, picami sweet dessert and a huckleberry dessert. Cost is $5 per plate.

All events are free and open to the public.

Information: (208) 769-3365 or www.nic.edu/events.

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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