Symposium, Powwow Highlight Annual American Indian Emphasis Week at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host a series of activities in conjunction with WSU American Indian Emphasis Week, April 5-10. 

Winston Mason, a Mandan-Hidatsa spiritual leader, will lead a sunrise ceremony at 8 a.m. on April 5 at the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza to begin the week’s festivities. 

The ceremony will be followed by the Fifth Annual Native American Symposium, starting at 9 a.m. with a presentation by Forrest Cuch, the director of Rising American Indian Nations (RAIN) and the director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. 
WSU alumna Jaynie Hirschi, archaeologist and cultural resources program manager for Hill Air Force Base and Utah Test and Training Range, will present “The Real Archaeology: It’s not Josh Bernstein.” 

The symposium will conclude with an examination and discussion surrounding sweat lodges, stemming from the incident in Arizona last fall that left three people dead.

The sunrise ceremony and the symposium are free to the public. 

Additional demonstrations and activities are planned throughout the week.

The emphasis week will conclude April 10 with the 39th Annual Powwow from noon to 8 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students. Children 6 and under are free.

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Jeff Simons, American Indian advisor Multicultural Student Center
801-626-7333 •
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 •