American Indian Heritage Week kicks off at 1 p.m. April 4!

North Idaho College is hosting a variety of events in honor of American Indian Heritage Week April 4 - 8. All events except for the April 8 Gourd Art class are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of the week’s activities, visit

Tuesday, April 4

The weeklong series of events kicks off with the lecture series “American Indian Voices: The Circle of Learning” with guest speaker Dr. Ed Galindo from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Siebert Building Room 209. The topic of this lecture will be ISTEM (Indigenous Science Technology Engineering Math) – “Speaking to Career Opportunities for American Indian Students.”

The second lecture, also with Galindo, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Molstead Library Todd Hall. The topic will be ISTEM and a discussion of NASA projects and wildlife research.

Galindo, of the Yaqui Tribe, is a faculty member at the University of Idaho, associate director for Education and Diversity for the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium, and an affiliate faculty member for both Idaho State University and Utah State University.

Thursday, April 6

The lecture series “American Indian Voices: Protecting chatq’ele’/Coeur d’Alene Lake: Past, Present, and Future” with guest speaker Laura Laumatia from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Molstead Library Todd Hall. The topic of this lecture will be Coeur d’Alene Lake management.

Laumatia is an environmental specialist for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and a University of Idaho Extension educator.

Friday, April 7

From 6 to 9 p.m. there will be an American Indian Heritage Family Night and Craft Workshop. The hands-on workshop is free for all ages. Families can learn how to make dream catchers, drum necklaces, rain sticks, pony bead necklaces and more. There will be free pizza and refreshments.

Saturday, April 8

From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. a Gourd Art class will be offered. Take the class to learn the basics of gourd craft. Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art using simple techniques and tools. All supplies are included. The cost is $40 ($20 for students). Please call to pre-register at (208) 769-3365 or (208) 610-5499.

American Indian Heritage Week is sponsored by NIC American Indian Student Alliance Club, Coeur d’Alene School District 271 Indian Education program, American Indian Advisory Committee, and the NIC American Indian Studies Program.

Information: (208) 769-3365.

Posted: Monday, April 3, 2017

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