By Leah Sherwood
Boise State’s Native American Awareness Week provides opportunities for the university community to learn about tribes living in Idaho and Native American history. All events are designed to educate, build awareness and empower Native Americans and non-Native Americans in the community.
“It’s important to the Intertribal Native Council (INC) that the community is made aware of the historical atrocities that occurred in tribes and families, and at the same time, members want to share in the celebration of their strong heritage, language, culture and art,” said Tai Simpson, president of the INC.
The week-long schedule of events includes an art gala and silent auction and the 17th annual Seven Arrows Pow Wow. All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Tai Simpson at (208) 514-7062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 5
“The Only Good Indian.” Special Events Center. 5 p.m. In this film set in Kansas in the early 1900s, a teen-aged Native American boy is taken from his family and forced to attend a distant Indian training school to assimilate into white society. Free.
Wednesday, April 7
Frybread Forum, “Community to Community: Moving Toward Respect.” Student Union Hatch A/B Ballroom. 5-9 p.m. An opportunity for community building between Native Americans and their non-Indian neighbors. Dinner will consist of buffalo stew and frybread. $5 dinner, free presentation.
Thursday, April 8
“More Than Beads and Feathers,” Native American Art Gala and Silent Auction. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise. 6-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of fine dining, contemporary art from local Native Americans and entertainment. $20 per person, $35 per couple.
Friday, April 9
“Native Youth Outreach and Recruitment.” Boise State Norco Building. 1-4 p.m. An afternoon of outreach, mentorship and connections between Native American high school students and Boise State. This is open to students and educators.
Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11
17th Annual Seven Arrows Pow Wow. Taco Bell Arena. 10 a.m. Grand Entry at noon and 7 p.m. April 10 and at noon April 11.Ways of old meet new as Native Americans gather in friendship and celebration. Pow wow means high-energy entertainment in colorful regalia, a vibrant culture featuring song and dance, traditional craft vendors, storytelling and demonstrations. $5 general, free for students with ID, children and seniors. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Native American Coalition of Boise (NACOB) food bank for a discount on admission.