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Center for Tribal Studies invites campus community to a holiday open house

Published 12/6/18

Colby Luper

TNE Writer

The Center for Tribal Studies’ annual holiday open house is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to take part in a celebration of the holiday season. The Center for Tribal Studies staff organizes this event along with input from the American Indian Heritage Committee. In preparation of the event each year, the Center for Tribal Studies office is decorated by students from organizations such as the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Native American Student Organization and Native American Greek organizations.

“Our students really love decorating the office for the event,” said Sara Barnett, Center for Tribal Studies director. “This year the Alpha Pi Omega sorority did the majority of the work, and they did a great job. It is festive and sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.”

The Center for Tribal Studies office is located off campus, so this event is an opportunity for the rest of the NSU community to become acquainted with the center, its staff and the students involved with the center. The center’s office is inside the historic Bacone House in downtown Tahlequah. Those engaged with Tribal Studies tend to be Native American themselves, but this event welcomes people of all cultural backgrounds to participate in a diverse and inclusive holiday celebration.

“Our goal is to invite individuals to stop by and tour our office at the historic Bacone House and interact with our staff, students and colleagues,” said Alisa Douglas, Center for Tribal Studies coordinator for student programs. “It is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to stop by and learn more about what we do and the types of services we offer.”

The services provided by the Center for Tribal Studies improve the quality of the academic experience for students while also honoring the values of Native American cultures and heritage. At the open house, the center’s staff go further in depth on the specifics of the services they offer and how students can take advantage of those services. While many of the center’s programs are designed specifically for Native American students, they serve all students regardless of cultural background.

“The Center for Tribal Studies has been an amazing resource for me while I have been at NSU,” said Jerilyn Willie, Alpha Pi Omega president. “The programs that the center provides and connects students to can help out so much when trying to find your way in college. The center is very important to all of us in Alpha Pi Omega, and that is why we have volunteered to decorate Bacone House for the holiday open house. I hope everyone will come out and spend some time with the wonderful people at the center and see what it is all about.”

The open house is an informal and guests can come and go throughout the course of the event as they please. Light refreshments and drinks are provided. Admission into the event is free and it is open to the entire campus community as well as outside organizations the Center for Tribal Studies partner with.

The Center for Tribal Studies Holiday Open House is from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Bacone House, located at 320 Academy St. in Tahlequah.

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