NIC renames dining room to honor Coeur d'Alene Tribe

North Idaho College recently renamed the dining room of Edminster Student Union Building in recognition of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and its historic connection to the property on which the college campus now sits.
The NIC Board of Trustees voted at its Sept. 27 meeting to rename Grand Bay Dining Room to Ts’elusm Dining Room.
The first syllable of “ts’elusm” is pronounced similar to the final sound in “cats.” The word has three syllables, with the stress on the second syllable: “ts’el-us-m.”
Ts’elusm” is a Coeur d’Alene term for “it stands up toward the fire,” referring to the old cooking technique of placing food against a wicket of upright sticks leaning toward the flame from along the perimeter of the campfire.
NIC student government representatives and college administrators approved the name based on associations between the Edminster Student Union Building dining room and the fellowship that is associated with cooking and eating throughout the Coeur d’Alene culture.
“The cooking fire was likewise a gathering place, a center for sustenance and warmth, the setting for laughter and intergenerational transmission of family histories, traditional knowledge and customs and the meeting place for important plans and communications,” said Coeur d’Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan.
Signage will be installed in NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building to reflect the new name of the dining room in recognition of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

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NIC Vice President for Student Services Eric Murray, (208) 769-3370

Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006

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