Native Americans

Native Americans

1920s

February 8, 1928 Pueblo Performance

Pueblo people performed in Pullen Hall, and they gave a talk about customs, sand painting, and dance.

1930s

1930 Sam Gurneau

Gurneau (part Ojibwe) was a star athlete in football, basketball, track, and wrestling. He intercepted and ran 65 yards for a touchdown versus Carolina in November 1930.

Program, Football, North Carolina State versus University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 31 October 1931Program, Football, North Carolina State versus University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 31 October 1931

1950s

May 24, 1959 Frank Martin Earned PhD

Martin was the first Native American to receive a PhD at NC State. He earned the degree in experimental statistics.

1960s

December 17, 1968 "Education of the American Indian"

Professor Robert Havighurst of the University of Chicago gave a lecture titled "Education of the American Indian" as part of the Symposium series "Man in his Urban Environment."

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1970s

April 13, 1973 Tuscarora Protest

NC State students participated in a march to the State Capitol with Tuscarora Indians. The Technician student newspaper reported they were protesting changes in Robeson County schools, the lack of federal recognition, and the state's misidentification of Tuscarora as Lumbee. The Tuscarora protestors spent the night at the Baptist Student Center before marching to the State Capitol.

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March 1979 Indian Hobbyists Club

The Technician reported that the Indian Hobbyists Club was created to celebrate Native American history and dance. The club participated in a pow wow organized by the Order of the Arrow, a branch of the Boy Scouts of America.

1980s

1982 Native American Student Association

Students formed NASA in order to foster support academically, as well as socially and culturally.

March 1986 Minority Affairs Bill

Student Senate charged the Minority Affairs Committee to represent the concerns of African Americans, Native Americans, women, people with disabilities, and the gay and lesbian community on campus.

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1990s

1990 1st Annual Pow Wow

The Native American Student Association sponsored NC State's first Annual Pow Wow. Every year after, the event has featured Native American culture, including food, dress, and especially dance.

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April 5, 1990 1st Annual Cultural Awareness Day

Cultural Awareness Day was sponsored by the Native American Student Association.

November 1992 Indian Heritage Month proclamation

Chancellor Larry Monteith and Native American students signed a proclamation naming November as Native American Heritage Month. The Technician reported that the students and Monteith also discussed the possibility of a peer mentor program and increased recruitment of Native American students and faculty.

1994 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

Students formed NC State's chapter of the AISES.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) constitutionAmerican Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) constitution
1994 Native American Festival
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1996 Society of Native American Culture (SNAC) formed
November 10, 1998 Native American 10 Commandments

The Society of Native American Culture published the Native American 10 Commandments in the Technician.

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1999 Alpha Pi Omega

Students organized a chapter of Alpha Pi Omega, the first Native American sorority at NC State.

March 1, 1999 Native American Student Association

Two organizations, the Native American Student Association and the Society of Native American Culture, merged under one name: the Native American Student Association.

Native American Student Association constitutionNative American Student Association constitution

2000s

2000 Phi Sigma Nu

The NC State chapter of Phi Sigma Nu was chartered. It was the university's first Native American fraternity.

Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity constitutionPhi Sigma Nu Fraternity constitution
2001 Native American Student Affairs

Native American Student Affairs was established as a unit under Multicultural Student Affairs.

2001 American Indian Alumni Society (AIAS) established
August 17, 2001 1st Annual Native American Symposium

The Technician reported that the Native American Symposium offered information for incoming freshmen, including information on navigating campus.

2001 Native American Symposium schedule2001 Native American Symposium schedule
September 21-22, 2001 Building Stronger Native Leaders for Our Future Conference

The NC State Chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society hosted the conference in Talley Student Center. Activities included a career fair, presentations, campus tours, and a pow wow.

November 5, 2001 Proclamation Presented to Chancellor Fox

The Technician reported that members of the Native American Student Association and American Indian Science and Engineering Society presented Chancellor Marye Anne Fox with a proclamation celebrating November Indian Heritage Month. Governor Mike Easley signed the proclamation.

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November 7, 2002 Indian Heritage Month

Governor Mike Easley declared November Indian Heritage Month in North Carolina. Native American Student Association members presented Chancellor Marye Anne Fox with a copy of Easley's proclamation.

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November 14 - 16, 2002 Annual Native American Recruitment Weekend

High School students from Native American communities visited campus.

November 18, 2003 Indian Mascots : What's All the Hype About?

The Technician reported that this panel discussion focused on use of Native American descriptions in athletic team symbols.

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2004 Epsilon Chi Nu fraternity chartered

The NCSU chapter of Epsilon Chi Nu (Native American fraternity) was chartered.

November 8, 2004 Native American Forum

Multicultural Student Affairs and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted the Native American Forum "Language and Identity."

February 2005 Sigma Omicron Epsilon

The NCSU Chapter of Sigma Omicron Epsilon (Native American sorority) was chartered.

Sigma Omicron Epsilon constitutionSigma Omicron Epsilon constitution
2008 Native American Studies Minor

The minor in Native American Studies was established in Interdisciplinary Studies.

2008 Native American Culture Night

Native American Culture Night became an annual event sponsored by the Native American Student Association.

Woman in traditional dress at Native American Culture NightWoman in traditional dress at Native American Culture Night
April 2008 18th Annual Pow Wow

Sponsored by the Native American Student Association, the Pow Wow is a celebration of Native American culture, including food, dress, and especially dance.

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2009 Native American Heritage Month
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April 2009 19th Annual Pow Wow
Woman in traditional dress holding baby at NC State's Native American Student Association Pow WowWoman in traditional dress holding baby at NC State's Native American Student Association Pow Wow

2010s

April 2010 20th Annual Pow Wow

Sponsored by the Native American Student Association, the Pow Wow is a celebration of Native American culture, including food, dress, and especially dance.

Ceremony at NC State's Native American Student Association Pow WowCeremony at NC State's Native American Student Association Pow Wow
April 1, 2017 Oral Histories of Native American Students

NC State University Libraries' Wolf Tales program records the personal stories of students attending the 2017 Pow Wow.