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Indigenous Peoples’ Events

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated each year on the University of Idaho Campus in place of the federally recognized holiday: Columbus Day. Moscow became the first city in Idaho to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017. Two years later, Idaho Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation officially recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2019. Governments and other organizations across the country have been shifting from celebrating Columbus Day, which celebrates the arrival of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in North America in 1492, to honoring the history, culture and contributions of indigenous people instead. Columbus’ arrival to the present-day Bahamas marked the beginning of western European settlement of the continent, but also the long-running, violent conquest of people groups who had lived on the continent for thousands of years.


Exploration into Identity and Cultural Survival

Indigenous Peoples Day2020

Recording of Event

More About the Speaker: Kellen Trenal Lewis

Kellen Lewis is a visual artist, performer and small business owner who embraces his identities as both a member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a man of African American descent. He owns and operates Trenal Original, a small visual arts business aimed at increasing underserved communities’ visibility in contemporary culture. A Buti Yoga and indoor cycling instructor, he uses his knowledge and fitness certifications to promote wellness in the Nez Perce community and its surrounding areas. Previously, Kellen worked for the U.S. Census Bureau on a multicultural team that organized meetings, educational seminars, and city-wide informational events intended to increase underrepresented communities’ participation in the 2010 Census. He also danced professionally in stage shows, in music videos, and under contract with both Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland Resort Anaheim. Additionally, he spent two-and-a-half years performing with Taiwanese pop sensation A-mei on her Utopia World Tour throughout Asia, Canada, and the United States. As an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN, Kellen served as the Native American student recruitment coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He spent much of his junior year in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where he learned Portuguese and conducted a university-sponsored research project on Afro-Brazilian popular culture.

More information about Trenal Original.


Gather Screening

Join the Native American Student Center and the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action for a free screening of Gather.

Gather is an intimate portrait of a growing movement amongst Indigenous Americans to reclaim their spiritual and cultural identities through obtaining sovereignty over their ancestral food systems, while battling against the historical trauma brought on by centuries of genocide.

After the screening, a panel discussion and Q&A with local indigenous experts will be held.

The screening will be hosted on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6–8 p.m. in person in Ag Sci 106 or virtually at the link below.

Get your virtual event tickets today.

Native Health and Food Sovereignty

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Physical Address:
865 W. Seventh Street 
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3030
Moscow, ID 83844-3030

Phone: 208-885-4237

Email: ssamuels@uidaho.edu

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Physical Address:
865 W. Seventh Street 
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3030
Moscow, ID 83844-3030

About Us Map