by Joelle Edwards, Native American Retention Specialist


The Native American Student Center has some exciting activities planned for the month of October!

First up is our First Friday Feed collaboration with the Asian American Pacific Islander Student Center. Our centers will each be making dishes and bonding over a stickgame lesson. Also joining us will be Evanlene Melting Tallow, WSU Native American Health Sciences outreach and program coordinator. She will be teaching all of us how to play stickgame and speaking with students interested in pre-health fields.

October 14th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day and we will be celebrating on WSU’s campus all day. In the morning we will be putting up our tipi on the campus mall – anyone who’d like to help is invited! During the lunch hour we will be dancing to round dance songs. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration. Additionally, our Native student organizations have partnered with Hillside Café, for the second time, to put on an Indigenous Foods lunch. They will be serving up traditional / contemporary Native foods from 11a-1:30p. Be on the lookout for the menu in the next few weeks.

To finish out the month the Center is hosting a few workshops centered around student success. The first one is “FAFSA Prep” on October 17th from 10:30-11:30 am. Students will have the opportunity to start completing their FAFSA for next year with help from our staff and a representative from Student Financial Services. The second workshop is “How to Register for Classes” featuring James Bledsoe, senior career advisor/coach from the Academic Success and Career Center. He will walk students through step-by-step on how to register for classes and show them tips and tricks to make the process easier. This is great for students who need a refresher.

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