Proud to be Indigenous at NevadaPosted on Monday, November 9, 2020
My experience at UNR has given me hope and inspiration. I’ve broken through statistical chains to be where I am at today and I will make it my mission to help others do the same.
Nov. 9 – Lance Owyhee
Year and major:
Freshmen (Class of 2024) Forest Management and Ecology Major
W. Shoshone (Newe), N. Paiute (Numa) and Navajo (Diné)
My passion is learning my culture and also to get a career in protecting our land.
What does your identity mean to you?
My identity is what connects me to my roots. It also pushes me forward to my goals by letting me know why I am still going.
How has your identity shaped/impacted your experience at Nevada?
My experience at Nevada has been challenging but also helped define who I am by allowing me to meet more people and also connect to other native people at Nevada.
Contacts at Nevada:
- ASUN President Hall – email@example.com
- ASUN Diversity and Inclusion, Director Priya Bajwa – firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Center – email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- Indigenous Student Organization – email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gender Race and Identity Club – email@example.com
- Gender Race and Identity Department – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Conduct Office – email@example.com
- Title IX Office – (775) 784-1547
Coordinator of Indigenous Student Services, Markie Wilder – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach out to this contact for information on:
- Native Student Organization (NASO) Support
- Indigenous Research Institute for Student Empowerment (IRISE)
- Reach out to this contact for information on:
- Alianza Organization — email@example.com
- Cultural Diversity Committee (CDC) — firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- University Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Eloisa Gordon-Mora, Ph.D. — firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Statistics to Consider:
* “Because Native Americans (both American Indians and Alaska Natives) comprise only 1% of the U.S. undergraduate population and less than 1% of the graduate population, these students are often left out of postsecondary research and data reporting due to small sample size. What data is available indicates that only 10% of Native Americans attain bachelor’s degrees and only 17% attain associate degrees, making the case for a system that is more responsive to the specific needs of these students.” (PNPI).
- 17% of Native American students pursue postsecondary education
- Enrollment in Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate education decreased between 2016 and 2018 by roughly 5,000.
- Roughly 80% of Native American students attended public institutions in 2014
- Native American students comprise nearly 78% of all students in Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
85% of Native American students received federal financial assistance
- Compare to their white counterparts: 69%
- “the six-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduates who began their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at a four-year, degree-granting institution in fall 2011 was 39 percent, the lowest of all racial and ethnic groups.” (HET)
Research Starters (Terms and Concepts):
Genocide / Cultural Genocide
MMIWGs (Murdered and Missing Indigeous Women and Girls)
Canadian Aboriginal Priorities and Policies
Native lands and regions
Valuable Resources and Articles:
– United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples.html
– First Nations Assembly of Canada. https://www.afn.ca/uploads/files/nihbforum/info_and_privacy_doc-ocap.pdf
– Native Land Map *NOTE: This map does not represent or intend to represent official or legal boundaries of any Indigenous nations. To learn about definitive boundaries, contact the nations in question.
– Tribal and Cultural Awareness Guide
– Ethical Principles for the Conduct of Research in the North http://acuns.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/EthicsEnglishmarch2003.pdf