Among other communities, the Center provides support for individuals who identify as Native American, American Indian and/or Native Alaskan.
CME staff includes the Director of Native American Community Partnerships & Programs, whose role is to provide support to Native American students at DU. For more information please contact Viki Eagle.
New Beginnings Spring Pow Wow
With the support of CME Staff, in 2010 the Native Student Alliance began a new tradition at DU by hosting the annual Spring Pow Wow. The DU New Beginnings Spring Pow Wow serves as a way to honor both Native American traditions in partnership with local and regional Native communities as well as honors Native American graduating students. The day utilizing and existing Native tradition that brings together drum groups, dancers, artists, jewelers and culinary vendors to campus for an outdoor Native community celebration.
For several years, we have partnered with DU's Native Student Alliance (NSA) and the American Indian College Fund to host the Elder’s Dinner, an annual holiday dinner for American Indian elders held for over 14 years. Over 300 elders from an array of tribes gather each December at to enjoy a feast of buffalo and other treats as well as American Indian entertainment. The seated elders are served by younger members of the community as a sign of respect. This event promotes intergenerational connections throughout DU and Denver Metro populations who volunteer at the event, while providing a space for the American Indian elders to gather and enjoy each other’s company at an event celebrating their contribution to the Native community.
Native American Summer Research Program
Also in partnership with the American Indian College Fund, the Center hosts 2 undergraduate students from Tribal Colleges each summer to learn about the research process, conduct research on American Indian college students with the Fund, and attend workshops on research skills and Native American Research at DU. Visiting students also participate in workshops as part of the Roger Salters Doctoral Institute to encourage them to pursue a master’s or Doctoral degree in the future.