Native American Panel Discussion at SCC

LINCOLN, Neb (KLKN) – November is Native American heritage month and Southeast Community College held a panel discussion with four experts for students and community members.

The hope of the panel was to give those attending a better understanding of the indigenous communities.

Topics discussed during the event included: historical trauma, facts left out of history lessons, and a personal story about what it was like to be an indigenous person going to school at LPS.

Psychologist Dr. Anitra Warrior spoke about how events like these can help spread advocacy for Native American.

“This really gives us the opportunity to share information and to give others the opportunity to learn how to advocate and be a voice for us.  Because our population is so small, sharing that information with others for them to share with others can be so powerful.”

The panel also talked about how the COVID pandemic has impacted tribal communities.  With the death of members of their communities, including elders, history and stories have been lost.  With the vaccine being available the majority of Native Americans in these communities are choosing to get the vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones so that they may get back to a sense of normalcy.

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