Native American students greeted with picnic Sept. 11

Native American students greeted with picnic Sept. 11 by Lisa ShortBull The University of South Dakota's student organization and Trio programs hosted a picnic for new and returning Native American students.

Doyle Pipe On Head, Native American student activities coordinator, prepared hamburgers and steaks for nearly 70 students, faculty and staff at the Native American Culture Center on the USD campus.

"The Native American Culture Center is for the Native American students to hold their Tiospaye meetings. Tiospaye means extended family," Pipe On Head said.

In addition to meetings, the center also provides cultural events such as a blessing of the children ceremony, dances, traditional giveaways and honorings, poetry readings, guest speakers and other events.

Throughout every semester, the center is open to students between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for any student needing a place to study. Many students enjoy going to the center just to hang out and have a good cup of coffee!

Pipe On Head is like a big brother to the students, providing student support or cultural advice. The center is always open and attendance by anyone to all events is welcomed and encouraged.

Also on hand for the event was Chuck Swick, director of Upward Bound and Trio Programs.

"Every year we have a picnic to welcome back the students so they have an opportunity to get to know one another. This also encourages students to build rapport with their professors and feel comfortable with the demands of academic life," Swick said.

Pipe On Head may be contacted for a schedule of events or other information at 677-6875.

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