College of Western Idaho (CWI) honored Native American Heritage Month on campus with a celebration event put together by Student Engagement and the Inclusive Excellence Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Students, staff, and CWI community members gathered for an event filled with delicious food, a powerful performance from a drum group, and an inspiring keynote address.
The event kicked off with a light breakfast and performance from the Lightning Creek Nimiipuu Drum Group, who traveled from Lapwaii, Idaho. The rhythm of the drum filled the air, captivating the audience, and serving as a great educational opportunity for those present. The group members shared stories in between songs and engaged in conversation. This unifying power of music and rhythm is central to many Native American cultures.
The highlight of the evening was a captivating keynote address by Jason Pretty Boy, titled “Native American Heritage Month... Conversation on Why.” Pretty Boy delivered a powerful and insightful message, reminding us of the importance of celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Emphasizing the history, cultures, and enduring contributions of Indigenous peoples, and how we can as a community can show support.
Ending the event with some savory stew and fry bread, the celebration served as a powerful reminder of the importance of honoring the past and embracing the ongoing contributions of Native American peoples.
Thank you to all those who attended, and we look forward to next year's celebration!