American Indian Association creates new vision

By: Christian Tabak

Volunteer Reporter–


The American Indian Association kicked off the semester by setting their directive to increase community outreach among Native American communities and RSC’s appeal as a Native American friendly college.

“Our number one goal for this year is to make Rose State College the top choice for Native American students,” Melinda Sutton, president of AIA, said. “We are going to find ways throughout the year to accomplish that by reaching out to Native communities.”

AIA Club of the year 2013

AIA receives the Club of the Year in 2013. Club of the Year is awarded to the participating club that earns the most club points. Photo provided by Melinda Sutton.

Sutton said future events will include the club getting an 18 foot Cheyenne-Arapaho tipi, celebrating Native American month for two days in November with stickball and other cultural events and a Christmas benefit concert for local tribes.

“By using the tipi and the planned events, we’re hoping to display a prominent Native presence on campus this semester,” Sutton said.

The club’s adviser, Dr. S. Matthew DeSpain, expressed his support of the club’s direction.

“Through these events, it would be great to see an increase in tribe participation on campus and to witness an increase in tribal representation as well,” he said.

Sutton and DeSpain affirm that AIA’s Indian taco sales, which take place in the Social Sciences building, are off the menu until the building’s renovation is complete.

Sutton said AIA is open to anyone, regardless of tribal affiliation, and is accepting volunteers to help carry out their events.

AIA meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Senate Room and on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the main dining room in the Student Center.

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