Student Organization Celebrates Native American Culture

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Redlands Community College Native American Student Organization (NASO) has several events planned Nov. 13 through 15.

The week of activities will kick off with a traditional teepee setup on the east front lawn of the college at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. A drum group will be performing in addition to a cedar ceremony.

NASO is also partnering with the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Higher Education Department to hold a college and career fair for area high school students. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Redlands Conference Center. Former El Reno resident Chance Rush, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Hidatsa) of North Dakota, will headline the fair with guest DJ Emcee One, a member of the Osage and Potawatomi Nations of Oklahoma.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes’ Tradition Not Addiction Program, will host an earring and quill craft making session. A light lunch will be provided.

To close out the week of activities, an exhibition of Native American dancing will be performed in the Redlands Community College Conference Center beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Cheyenne Chief Gordon Yellowman will host the event, which includes a history of Native American Heritage Month. The dances will include Women’s Fancy Shawl, Jingle Dress, Women’s Buckskin, Men’s Grass, Men’s Straight, Men’s Fancy War, Round Dancing and Indian Two-Step. Traditional Native American Indian tacos will be served free of charge after the exhibition.

“With a strong Native American student population, it is exciting to be able to share the music and culture with all of our students,” said Redlands President Jack Bryant.