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Respect for the Native American culture

By Ashley Miner, Times Staff Reporter
On March 20, 2013

The Native American Student Movement (NASM) is pleased to announce that each week of April, Native American Heritage month, there will be something different that can immerse you in Native American culture, or teach you something that you might've never known.
The Native American Student Movement is an organization open to all Native American and non-Native American students enrolled at MATC.
NASM was founded by Native American students to promote higher education, to provide student support on campus and to establish communication and understanding between the college and Native American and non-Native American students, through cultural activities and social functions.
According to Matthew Bennett, in the electronic engineering technology program, "NASM allows the Native American students here to network and is an excellent way to bring our culture to our school. We're like a little family and we also do things for the community like when we did raffles to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy."
Some events that will be held in March that will prepare you for what's to come in April are a dream catcher and jewelry making workshop on Friday, March 15 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room S322. "That's where we'll be making jewelry and dream catchers that we'll sell in April," says Tiela Quinterro, physical therapy assistant student. She is also the secretary of NASM.
In April there will be a variety of
events including an educational dance demonstration of different Native American styles of dance, as well as poetry readings and a chance to eat Indian tacos and other traditional Native American foods.
Some students are really looking forward to showcasing their culture and helping people learn exactly what it's like to be a Native American today.
Katie Doxtater, teacher education student and President of NASM says, "Some people really think that we still live in teepees. They base their knowledge (of us) from John Wayne movies or Pocahontas and that's not it at all. So we're trying to educate and help clear the confusion."
Quinterro says, "April is like awareness of our culture, our policies, and our struggles."
Nammy (Native American Music Award) winner (male artist and vocalist of the year) Wade Fernandez will be coming to MATC on April 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the C Building Auditorium.
He's performing and he's bringing his band and a multimedia presentation. "It's like Beyonce is coming to our school, that's how big he is (in the Native American culture)," exclaims Doxtater.
If you would like to be involved in this organization or explore any interests, the next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 14 at 3 p.m. in S322. The NASM office can be found in M320.

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