Friday, April 2, 2010

Native American Awareness Week Starts April 5

Boise State University’s Native American Awareness Week begins next week with several events, including an outreach event planned for students and educators.

Hosted by the BSU Intertribal Native Council, these events will each be opportunities for students and the community to learn more about Native American history in Idaho.

The week-long schedule also includes a film viewing, education summit, frybread forum, art gala, and silent auction. On Friday, April 9, a Native Youth Outreach and Recruitment event will offer mentoring and networking for Native high school students.

Since taking office, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna has worked to improve the educational opportunities for Native American students in Idaho and close the achievement gap. In 2007, he created the full-time Indian Education Coordinator position at the State Department of Education to help raise student achievement among Native American students and serve as a liaison between the Department and Native American tribal leaders.

Mary Jane Oatman-Wak Wak currently serves as Idaho’s Indian Education Coordinator.  She is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe and graduate of Lewis-Clark State College. Learn more about the Department’s work with Native American students.

All events during Native American Awareness Week are open to the public. Check out Boise State’s web site for a full list of events.

~ Camille W.

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