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Serving Indigenous Peoples and Our Friends Since 1981 Volume XXIX Number 4 Friday, March 23, 2012

Hozhoni Days Schedule! Hozhoni Days Schedule March 22, 2012 – Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. William Mendoza, Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. Presentation: Education Opportunities for all American Indian and Alaska Native Students. (Sponsored by: John & Sophie Ottens Foundation, Wanbli Ota Student Organization and the Native American Center at Fort Lewis College)

Members of the Psychology 402 “Psychology Practice: Topics” course enthusiastically responded to queries about their views of the class.

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Compassion Overpowers Biased Attitudes By Noel Altaha FLC students are taking a new psychology class that encourages discussion of stereotypes and bias. The psychology department offers a relatively new course that challenges students to explore psychological research and theory around stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. Psyc 402 taught by Dr. Kraus offers elements of compassion, particularly to oneself. Dr. Kraus shared why she teaches both stereotypes and compassion, “I have been very interested in compassion which seems to me to be the opposite side of prejudice. Studying when we are kind and loving towards others instead of mean or hateful seems to bring me full circle in my academic work.” Her dissertation work was on how the brain organizes and uses stereotypes to categorize people. Her goals in this course is to help students learn more about themselves, develop compassion of self and others and to provide tools they could use to make change. Psychology 402 is an applied or “practice psychology” upper division four-credit course offered to all majors. A large component of the course entails Code Red/Anti-Defamation League training. Students become trained facilitators for prejudice reduction programs on campus. According to the FLC website, Code Red workshops emphasize recognizing one’s own biases, understanding the experience of discrimination, and actively working toward a more respectful environment. Dr. Kraus stated, “Code Red is the action piece of my interest in how we treat others. I became part of Code Red to use what I study to make a difference in my community and to make FLC a better, more welcoming place.” Christopher Taylor, Dominique Tso, Manuelito “Chief” Garbiso, and Ergil Vallo are currently taking

this course and shared their experiences thus far in the semester. Taylor, Tso and Garbiso met together for their interview. Chris Taylor, a psychology major in his Junior year, stated one reason for taking this class was to further assist him in the field of counseling, particularly in multicultural psychology. For him, this class has created an awareness of his own biases and challenging them by discussing diversity in an effective manner. The “compassion” piece also interests Taylor. How do you show self-compassion? Time passes before Taylor thoughtfully answered, “I make time to do calm, nice things for myself. Swimming or stretching, taking care of myself makes me feel good.” After some hesitation Dominique Tso answers with a smile, “I have a vague idea but [I’m] still discovering.” Dominique Tso, a Junior majoring in psychology is from the Dine (Navajo) Nation. Tso stated her reason for taking this course was out of curiosity and to become aware of her own biases as well. “I wanted to learn how to handle [issues] for myself; I don’t want to be scared,” says Tso. Ergil Vallo, a Senior, and a sociology major is from Acoma Pueblo. Vallo was first interested in this class because it was a controversial topic, “Talking about racism and discrimination is something we not comfortable doing.” He added, “The most challenging part is to be honest and open. This class challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and be vulnerable.” Manuelito “Chief” Garbiso, a Junior and a psychology major is Dine (Navajo) and said he took the class after getting the recommendation of another psychology professor. “I took Positive Psychology and my professor knew my personality, so this class was recommended. I highly recommend both cours-

March 26, 2012 – Native American Center – 5:30 p.m. Introduction of Pageant Guest: Miss Indian World, Marjorie Tahbone, Alaskan Native. Ms. Hozhoni Pageant Meet and Greet the contestants. Short question and answer to follow the Meet and Greet. March 27, 2012 – Student Union/Vallecito Room – 5:30 p.m. Ms. Hozhoni contestants present Native Food. March 28, 2012 – Student Union/ Ballroom – 6:00 p.m. Ms. Hozhoni Contestants present Traditional and Modern Talents March 29, 2012 – Noble Hall Room 125 – 5:30 p.m. Smokin’ Fish – “Smokin’ Fish is more than preparing tradition smokes salmon,” explains Luke GriswoldTergis, the film producer, co-director and writer. “We see traditional food as a connection with history and with the land, as well as a pillar that support living Indigenous culture.” March 30 and 31, 2012 – “48th Annual Hozhoni Days Powwow” Gourd Dance – Friday 6 p.m. / Saturday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Grand Entries – Friday 7 p.m. / Saturday 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Crowning of the 2012-13 Ms. Hozhoni after evening Grand Entry

Please See “Compassion,” p. 2

Kony 2012 Fraud? March Powwows.............3

NAIS Faculty Search......5

Spring Fitness Denver Scores Manning..7

Spring Awakens..............2

New Game Reviewed John Carter Film............4

Midterm Blues? Find Help on Campus.....6

Mendoza Stops In Aronilth Visits FLC........8


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