Indigenous students at the BSU celebration October 9.
By LORI ANN EDMO
BOISE — Boise State University Native students acknowledged Indigenous Peoples Day October 9 with displays on the university quad and also encouraged students to join the Intertribal Native Council.
Tanyka Begay, a BSU junior studying elementary education, said they wanted to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day over Columbus Day. In the spring of 2016, INC introduced a bill to the Associated Students of Boise State University to recognize Indigenous People’s Day. ASBSU passed the resolution.
Begay said they wanted to acknowledge and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. Different student organizations set up displays and community member Ron Mummey set up a teepee. Aiden Crawford-ShortCloud had a display of his beadwork and hand drums.
She said her and her sister Chenoa are attempting to revive the Intertribal Native Council – a student group on campus after it died down a little bit, “We worked to get it reactivated and have meetings on Mondays.” She said the purpose is to recruit more Native American student, give a place to plan events for campus and to celebrate Native American culture.
Community members Sallie Monday, Michelle Hanks and Vicki Sandoval Stark volunteered to make frybread for the group and handed out samples throughout the day.
Frybread samples handed out on October 9. (Vicki Sandoval photo)
Boise City Council candidate Lisa Sanchez visited with students to encourage them to get out and vote. She is the first Latina to run for city council and said she’s very humbled and honored to participate and to “Make a little history in our city.”
She’s a BSU graduate and lived in Boise for nearly 30 years. Her entire work history has been in public service. For the last two year’s she’s worked for the Idaho Volunteer Lawyer’s Program as the paralegal case coordinator connecting private attorneys asking them to do volunteer work for the most vulnerable members of the community such as victims of domestic violence or children who’ve been abused or neglected.
She also worked for the Girl Scouts Silver Sage Council for 10 years reaching out to Native American and Latino communities including the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. In addition she worked for five years as an investigator for the Idaho Human Rights Commission.
Sanchez said she would like to advocate for the most vulnerable members of the community right now as there’s a shortage of affordable housing and transportation issues are vast. “We need to have more voices at the table,” she continued. “ I would like to bring everyone to the table, so that we can all be a part of making Boise a better place.”
Beadwork and hand drums display by Aiden Crawford-ShortCloud.