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Indigenous Languages: Preserving a part of culture

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...

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.
November 3, 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...

Wassaja Hall to open next fall

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

Two students awarded new scholarship for students of Native American heritage

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...

University celebrates Native American Heritage Month

University celebrates Native American Heritage Month
November 5, 2014

When Ronnie Preston got on stage at the Courtyard Cafe on Tuesday afternoon, most audience members were not expecting him.  Silence fell over the room as this figure, dressed in Native American chief...

Winter Tales to bring Native American narratives to life

The Gallery of American Indian Culture at the Spurlock Museum.
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...

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