|The next NASS film, entitled “Once Were Warriors”
will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lory Student Center Theatre,
free of charge.
CSU’s Native American Student Services kicked off Native
American Awareness Month by holding an open house at its office
Tuesday to help make CSU students aware of the month.
Members of NASS also encouraged students to stop by the office
during the open house and learn more about Native American history
and culture at CSU.
“Every advocacy office has an open house for students to stop by
and meet staff members and other students. Our office also has
books and other resources about Native American culture,” said
Seraphina Wall, a NASS staff member and senior sociology major.
In addition to providing students with various resources on
Native American culture, NASS also offers free tutors to Native
American students, a program that just began this semester.
Joseph Robertson, a senior math major, is one of these tutors
and said the tutoring program was a good way for him to get
involved with NASS.
“I really enjoy spending time here and relating to younger
students. This semester I helped around the office doing a
work-study job. I now tutor mathematics and that’s my roll in the
office,” Robertson said.
Robertson said he believes the NASS tutoring program will help
promote academic achievement by CSU’s Native American students, who
make up about 1 percent of the university’s student population.
“We have a group of people here in this office excited to
promote who we are,” Robertson said.
One of the students Robertson tutors, Robert Santistevan, a
junior fishery and biology major, is glad he has someone to turn to
for help in academics.
“I found out about tutoring here from the director of the
office. It makes me feel appreciative that CSU offers this. Joseph
breaks the math down for me and helps me understand,” Santistevan
Not only does NASS promote itself by offering free tutoring to
Native American students but it will also be holding a Native
American film fest this month in the Lory Student Center to
celebrate Native American Awareness Month, which former President
George H.W. Bush started in 1990 and has been held every November
“Our film series will be held once a week this month in the Lory
Student Center,” Wall said. “Anyone is welcome to come.”