‘What we have been fighting for’: First-ever Indigenous Arts Showcase and Gala highlights resilience, beauty
Senior Gianni Lacey-Howard, president of the Nu chapter of APIO, NAISA co-events chair and citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, opened the programmed portion of the night.
“Although Indigenous students make up a small population on campus, it warms my heart to see and feel the solidarity in the room,” she said.
Following Lacey-Howard, Vickie Jeffries, tribal administrator for the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, gave a land acknowledgment.
“We are gathered today on land that was traditionally part of the territory of the Saponi people in the Piedmont of what is now the state of North Carolina. The Saponi people, whose descendants include the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation Indian tribe, still thrive and live in this region officially recognized by the state government of North Carolina,” Jeffries said.