Celebrate American Indian Week at New Mexico State University


New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, will be alive with the sounds, sights and culture of American Indian Week from April 8 to 13.

“American Indian Week is an opportunity for our American Indian students from the 22 pueblos, tribes and nations of New Mexico and those from out-of-state to share aspects of their culture with the greater NMSU community,”  Justin McHorse, American Indian Program director, told Samuel Horstman of the NMSU News Team. “It is an important statement to the community that American Indians have a presence on campus and add to the richness and diversity of learning within the classroom.”

Highlights during the week will include:

* Opening ceremony and blessing by Leo Martin, a local tribal member. Following the ceremony a parade of nations will take place. The opening ceremony will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on April 8 in front of the Hadley Hall east entrance.

* An evening of Native American Dances will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Corbett Center outdoor stage on April 9. Three dance groups will perform cultural dancing.

* Native American Arts and Crafts Expo, an opportunity for Native American artists to showcase their work and sell it, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 12 at the first floor of Corbett Center. Later that evening will be the Miss Native NMSU Pageant from 6-9 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

Miss Native American NMSU LaToya Johnson will greet guests at a reception Monday at Stan Fulton Center. The new title holder will be named at a pageant Thursday at Corbett Center Auditorium. (Courtesy  LaToya Johnson/Las Cruces Sun-News)

For a flyer listing all the week's events, click here; a calendar is also available here. All events during the celebration will be free and open to the NMSU community.

To learn more about the NMSU American Indian Program, click here.

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