NIC to host week of events for American Indian Heritage Week

North Idaho College is hosting a variety of events in honor of American Indian Heritage Week April 7-12. Click here for a complete schedule of the week’s activities.

Monday, April 7

The weeklong series of events kicks off with storytelling from Marie Poirier of the Blackfeet Tribe at 10 a.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building (SUB) Driftwood Bay Room.

A dancing exhibition featuring dances such as the fancy shawl, jingle dress, and prairie chicken dance will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the SUB Plaza.

Later that day, Coeur d’Alene tribal member Quanah Matheson will give a tribal history presentation from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the SUB Driftwood Bay Room.

Tuesday, April 8

A silent auction and vendor displays will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the SUB Driftwood Bay Room to benefit the Che’nshish Scholarship, a scholarship fund established by the American Indian Student Alliance Club through the NIC Foundation.

Various art demonstrations will be held in the SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including corn husk weaving, beading, and gourd art.

From 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., the panel discussion “Native People Speak out About Native Mascots” will be held in SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room. The panel will discuss discrimination and derogatory images used in art and media.

Wednesday, April 9

An inter-tribal food feast with salmon, fry bread, corn and a huckleberry dessert will be available for $6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the SUB Plaza.

From 1 to 2 p.m., keynote speaker Cheryl Seidner will give a presentation. Seidner is a Wiyot tribal councilmember and a direct descendent of one of the only survivors of the Indian Island Massacre. She has been instrumental in the language and cultural revitalization of her tribe.

From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Coeur d’Alene tribal member Norma Peone will give a stick game demonstration.

From 4 to 5 p.m., Marie Poirier will hold a demonstration on “The Art of Frybread Making” in the Hedlund Building Culinary Arts Kitchen.

Thursday, April 10

Musician Jett Bingman (Athabascan tribal member) - accompanied by Jim Ryan - will be featured in the Intertribal Show from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls. Tickets cost $5 and are free for students with a valid student ID. Proceeds benefit the Che’nshish Scholarship at NIC. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door. Information: (208) 457-8950 or   

Friday, April 11

From 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room, there will be a free Native American craft workshop for families. The hands-on workshop is free for all ages. Families can learn how to make a dream catcher, choker necklace, pony bead necklace and more. There will be free pizza and refreshments.

From 7 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a live performance of “Rainbow Crow Saves the World” in the Edminster Student Union Building from Coeur d’Alene tribal members Amanda Johnson and Sherry Mays.

Saturday, April 12

From 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the SUB Lake Coeur d’Alene Room, there will be “A Celebration of Diversity through Writing.” Aspiring writers of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to learn from professional writers and educators during a writing symposium featuring the theme of celebrating diversity through connections to the oral traditions of storytelling. Keynote speaker Jim Proser is the author of the popular historical novels “I’m Staying with my Boys...”

The week of events is sponsored by the NIC American Indian Student Alliance, the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, and the NIC American Indian Studies program. With the exception of the inter-tribal feast and show, all events are free.

For More Information
NIC American Indian Student Alliance Advisor Evanlene Melting Tallow, (208) 769-3365 or

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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