While most know him as wolfpack leader Sam Uley in the â€œTwilight films,â€ actor and Native American activist Chaske Spencer will be discussing how he overcame his addiction to drugs and alcohol tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballrooms. Â
As a part of Native American Awareness Month, Spencer will also be speaking about the Be The Shift organization, which helps reduce poverty and build sustainable Native American communities. Â
Spencer, like the rest of the actors who play werewolves in the â€œTwilightâ€ films, is of Native American descent. Â
â€œWe are one of the smallest populations on campus,â€ said Ty Smith, director of the CSU Native American Cultural Center.Â â€œEvents like this provide an opportunity to share our culture.â€
Spencer is a part of the â€œTwilightâ€ saga. Apart from acting, educating others about his culture is something he is passionate about. Â
â€œI think itâ€™s helpful, an actor like that bringing a message of such high importance,â€ Smith said. Â
This month will continue to showcase films, speakers, and performances by the local Native American community. Â The lecture tonight will focus on overcoming substance abuse in the Native American community and in the college environment. Â
The event is sponsored by the Native American Cultural Center.
â€œItâ€™s definitely been a lot of work,â€ Event Coordinator Kodi Phelps said. â€œBut his message is worth it especially for college students.â€
Admission is free for CSU students and $3 for the non-CSU community. Â Tickets can be purchased at the CSU box office or at csutix.com.
Staff writer Lianna Salva can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.