WSU Celebrates American Indian Heritage

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host “An American Indian Tribute to Education and Heritage,” – with activities that include the seventh annual American Indian Symposium and 40th annual Competition Powwow.

This year’s symposium, “Indian Youth: From Juvenile Justice to Spirituality,” features keynote speaker Sheldon Spotted Elk, a staff advocate at Utah Legal Services. Spotted Elk will discuss juvenile justice as well as address the straying of American Indian youth from their heritage and traditions. The symposium will be held March 8 in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

The 40th annual Competition Powwow, a celebration of community and spirituality, takes place March 10 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. Grand Entries will occur at noon and 6 p.m. Navajo tacos and Indian fry bread will be available for purchase throughout the day until 7 p.m.

Cody Blackbird, award-winning American Indian flutist and traditional singer, will perform during the dinner break at 5 p.m. Additional events include, drum making demonstrations, hoop dancers, Native American vendors, an arts and crafts exhibition, and the presentation of six unique dance styles. Prize giveaways will take place throughout the competition. 

General admission is $3 per person. Admission is free for people 65 years and older, children 5 years and younger, and all registered dancers.   

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Forrest Crawford, Assistant to the President for Diversity
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Jeff Simons, Native American counselor Multicultural Student Center
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