WVC at Omak celebrates Native American Heritage month with two public events

Oct. 31, 2019

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Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (Mon.-Thurs.)
Livia Millard, multicultural affairs coordinator, (509) 422-7814
Kestrel Smith, American Indian Indigenous Studies faculty, 509-422-7841

Wenatchee Valley College at Omak is celebrating Native American Heritage Month this November with two events sponsored by the Associated Students of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak (ASWVCO) Red Road Association.

Both events are open to the public.

The club will present the film “N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear” on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. in Hazel Allen Burnett Hall on the Omak campus (107 West Apple, Omak). This documentary examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize winning author Navarro Scott Momaday. This profile delves into the psyche behind one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. Light refreshments will be served.

Prior to the film screening there will be a silent auction fundraiser starting at 5 pm. In lieu of an admission charge, Red Road Association requests attendees bring items for the arts and crafts supply drive for the Hearts Gathered Waterfall Immersion School.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, there will be a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Awareness Walk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the East Omak Park sponsored by the Red Road Association in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation Diabetes Program. MMIW affects tribes across the United States and Canada. According to a report by the Urban Indian Health Institute (uihi.org), Washington state has the second highest rate of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the country. The walk will start at the Fitness Trail next to the basketball court at the East Omak Park. The event will include a moment of silence and guest speakers. Attendance is free.


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