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Indigenous Languages: Preserving a part of culture

By Mark Snider

November 8, 2015

By Mark SniderStaff writerNearly 40 percent of the world’s languages are endangered, according to Jenny L. Davis, assistant professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology.“New generations are not taught the language (indigenous languages) within their homes and learning institutions,” Davis said.In an inc...

Trudie Jackson speaks on awareness for Native American LGBT health care

Trudie Jackson (Navajo), a Graduate Student in American Indian Studies-Tribal Leadership & Governance of Arizona State University, speaks about her experiences of a transgender Native American to a group of students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Novemeber 3, 2015.

By Vivienne Henning

November 4, 2015

When Trudie Jackson returned to school in 2009 to earn her degree in social work she realized the need to address LGBT health. As a case manager in the human service field, she was supposed to serve 15 clients but ended up with a caseload of over 24 clients.Jackson, graduate student in American Indian S...

Wassaja Hall to open next fall

The new dorm Wassaja, in the Six Pack is still under construction.

By Michelle Redondo

August 19, 2015

In the Yavapai language, Wassaja means “beckoning.” Soon, it will also mean home for a number of University students.The new Wassaja Hall will be located in the “six pack” and ready to house students in Fall 2016. Named after the University’s first Native American graduate, Carlos Montezuma, Wa...

Two students awarded new scholarship for students of Native American heritage

By Alicia Lee

August 2, 2015

Two students from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) have received the first-ever Illinois Heritage Scholarship, a full-tuition transfer scholarship awarded to students of Native American heritage for up to six semesters of study.The scholarship, announced in February, is the product of a collabora...

Winter Tales to bring Native American narratives to life

The Gallery of American Indian Culture at the Spurlock Museum.

By Stephanie Kim

February 20, 2014

When Native American storyteller Tchin asks his audience what happened to Native Americans, he often gets this response: living on reservations or not living at all.  In other words, “dead.” “The main thing is to let people know we’re still here,” said Tchin, award-winning Blackfeet and N...