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|Wednesday, 19 November, 2014|
Sequoia Dance, Shoshone-Bannock tribal member, a student at Washington State University does a presentation on the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to WSU MOU Advisory Board on November 12. (Submitted photo)
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
PULLMAN, Washington – Sequoia Dance is a sophomore at Washington State University (WSU) where she gave a poster presentation to the MOU Advisory Board on Wednesday, November 12.
Dance is part of the Tribal Nation Building Leadership Program, which is a one-credit class to prepare students for tribal leadership roles. Although she doesn’t receive the scholarship associated with the course, they did make an exception for her to be in the class. It’s possible she still may get one in the future.
Dance describes it as basically going to different community events and showing native presence on campus. They recently met Walter Echo-Hawk, a Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist and law professor.
Her class gave reservation profile presentations to the MOU Tribes as part of the Plateau Center Program. Advisory Council includes Joyce McFarland, Nez Perce; Wendell Jim, Warm Springs; Arlen Washines, Yakama; Mike Iyall, Cowlitz; Sam Penney, Nez Perce; WSU Provost Daniel Bernardo.
Dance introduced herself in Shoshone then provided an overview of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, explaining the Fort Bridger Treaty, tribal composition, business council governance and a variety of tribal matters relating to health and education.
Last year she gave a presentation on FMC and how its environmental impact on the Fort Hall Indian reservation.
Dance says her experience as Miss Shoshone-Bannock first attendant has helped her with her research immensely.
“Language wise it has pushed me to learn more Shoshone and to find more things to know about my people,” said Dance.
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