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NTU Skyhawk First Nations students hosts annual pow wow for class of 2019

The First Nations held a student organized Pow Wow at it’s main campus Dec. 7. (Photo/Navajo Technical University)

The First Nations held a student organized Pow Wow at it’s main campus Dec. 7. (Photo/Navajo Technical University)

CROWNPOINT, N.M. — On Dec. 7, Navajo Technical University’s Skyhawk First Nations student organization held its annual social Pow Wow at the Wellness Center on NTU’s main campus.

The student officers worked diligently to host the event, which included a gourd dance.

The Skyhawk First Nations Pow Wow held its first event in the fall of 2017, which was been building each year with new features. This year, graduating students of NTU were gifted blankets during a special recognition at the Pow Wow.

“This was my first time organizing a Pow Wow and I’m happy with the outcome of the event. Without the support of my officers and volunteers this wouldn’t have happened,” said Tyler Tinhorn, a graduate student in NTU’s M.A. program in Diné Culture, Language, and Leadership and president of the Skyhawk First Nations student organization. “We all felt it was a success, and we the officers of the First Nations club, are thankful for the participation from everyone who helped us.”

The students collaborated with university department staff to obtain donations and financial support to host the event. They were also able to get donations from businesses such as Bashas and Fire Rock Navajo Casino. The Skyhawk First Nations student officers are President Tyler Tinhorn, Vice President Michael Coan, Secretary Twila Largo, and student member Leslie Tsosie. The organization’s staff sponsor is Virginia Edgewater of NTU’s Office of Disability Accommodation Services.

“The Pow Wow was a success and I am pleased with the student’s efforts to stay on track in bringing this forth for our community,” said Edgewater as she explained the work the students did for the event. “We had a rough start, but it all came together in the end. I cannot say enough about the dedication from each of the student officers”

Each year, the students organize the annual Pow Wow to honor and recognize those students who have graduated from the university. The social Pow Wow was well attended by everyone from NTU students to members of the community. The student officers are looking to recruit more members to participate and organize other social cultural events at the university.

More information about the student organization or the pow wow is available by contacting Virginia Edgewater at

Information provided by Navajo Technical University

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