50 students, faculty members and guests attended the opening
ceremony of Indian Awareness Week April 12 in the EWU campus
Bincint, president of the Native American Student Association,
opened the ceremony, thanking the audience for their support
and welcomed guest speakers which included representatives
from the Nez Perce tribe, Frank Halfmoon, Albert Redstar and
EWU Board of Trustees member Joanne Kaufman.
and Redstar each shared stories memorializing Chief Joseph
(1804-1904), recounting numerous legends of bravery and courage.
One sentiment was emphasized by Halfmoon, quoting Chief Joseph,
"We can endure. We can live through it. We have lived
Halfmoon and Redstar also gave the audience a traditional
prayer of welcome.
Grant, NASA member, said that the week of awareness will bring
to light some important issues for students regarding ethnic
after reading a letter from Gov. Gary Locke, said that the
students at EWU are part of a "cultural crossroads, meeting
up with one another as we find direction and significance
for our future lives."
said, "The more awareness, the better."