Powwow helps students tap into culture

Native Americans dance during the 26th annual MSU Pow-Wow of Love in February
Native Americans dance during the 26th annual MSU Pow-Wow of Love at Jenison Field House in February

By Chris Vannini

Native American students don’t have much time to celebrate their culture in college, which is why an annual powwow at MSU is an important cultural event.

The 26th annual MSU Pow-Wow of Love during the weekend of Feb. 21-22 at Jenison Field House brought in hundreds of Native Americans from across the Midwest.

The event is put on by the North American Indigenous Organization, or NAISO

According to NAISO’s Web site, “The North American Indigenous Student Organization strives to promote education and motivate the Native student community and majority community in and around Michigan State University through social and cultural support.”

Many members of NAISO and were joined by other Native American college students.

“It’s one of the only events that the Native American students get to organize and put on,” James Madison sophomore Dillon Lappe said. “Some members of NAISO participate but students from other universities come as well.”

Lappe is the representative for NAISO on the Associated Students of Michigan State University, (ASMSU)’s, Academic Assembly.

ASMSU is MSU’s undergraduate student government.

NAISO has sponsored the powwow since it first began 26 years ago.

“It’s culturally important for Native American students,” Lappe said.

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