Native American Powwow To Celebrate Culture and Customs

November 6, 2006

Author: Zachary Whitney

Source: Salt Lake City Community College Globe

November is a typical month for most SLCC [Salt Lake Community College] students, but for less than one percent of the student population, the month of November gives them a chance to share their culture and customs.

American Indian Heritage Month was established in 1990 and approved by President Bush to educate Americans on the Native American culture. Locally, SLCC students and faculty members of the college's American Indian Student Leadership club (AISL) are looking forward to a month of exciting events to celebrate.

"The purpose of AISL is to bring awareness to the Native American culture," said Bianica Yellowhair, president of AISL. According to Yellowhair, there are about 300 Native American students at SLCC.

To raise awareness, the club has multiple activities planned to teach and show Native American culture. One of the biggest and probably most impacting events is the annual powwow to be held on Nov. 18 at SLCC's Redwood Campus. The powwow will be held in the Lifetime Activities Center (LAC). An all day event, the powwow opening ceremonies will be held at noon, ending at 11 p.m.