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Authors: Megan Read
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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.”

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