LURAY, Va. (WHSV) – Laurel Ridge Community College welcomes the American Indian Society of Washington DC, Friends of the United Tribes of the Shenandoah, and Sacred Dakotas Runners and Walkers to Fauquier Campus on Monday, November 14. as part of Native American Heritage Month, according to a college press release.
“Come to the Circle,” a newly developed cultural education program that debuted in the nation’s capital last month for Indigenous Peoples Day, will include storytelling, singing, a friendship dance and crafts with corn husks.
The celebration will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Barkman Family Conference Center in Hazel Hall.
The event is hosted by Student Activities and Recreation Specialist Angela Schroeder, a Laurel Ridge alumnus. She helped organize a lunch to be shared between the elders of the college and the tribe before the public event.
“We are honored to welcome Indigenous residents from the community here at the college, to develop ongoing relationships with local tribal leaders, and to learn more about First Nations history through this exciting interactive program,” said Schröder.
According to the National Congress of American Indians website, the annual Heritage Month helps celebrate the cultures, traditions, stories and contributions of Native Americans.
“[It] is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise awareness of the unique challenges that indigenous peoples have faced, both historically and today, and how tribal citizens have worked to overcome these challenges,” the site says.
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