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Native American Leaders in Action

In commemoration of Native American Heritage Month, the Native American Studies Program will host "Native American Leaders in Action," a student panel focused on tribal leadership and key issues affecting American Indian and Alaska Native Nation on Friday, Nov. 30. 

WVU Native American Studies students attend NCAI 2018.
Last month, four Native American studies students, along with Program Coordinator and Instructor Bonnie Brown, traveled to Denver to attend the National Congress of American Indians' 75th anniversary convention as part of their directed study course “Native Leaders in Action.” The NCAI is the oldest, largest organization of tribal leaders in the U.S. 

The four students, Michael Amato, Keilee Smith, Katie Clendenin and Chyanne Morrison, heard from indigenous representatives from around the country and dialogued with tribal leaders about current issues such as the impact of climate change on Native Alaska communities, the epidemic of violence against Native women and girls, the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal language/cultural preservation efforts and fighting their invisibility within American society. In this panel, the students will share their experiences, impressions, photos and key takeaways. Student travel support was provided by the Eberly College's Academic Enrichment Fund and the Native American Studies Program.

The panel is free and open to the public, including a complimentary lunch available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is sponsored by the Native American Studies Program.