Last week, under the leadership of President Laurie Nichols, the University of Wyoming celebrated the grand opening of the Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center. I had the honor to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. We recognized the efforts of many people who had worked on bringing the Center to campus, but I wanted to express further appreciation to a few people. First, former American Indian Studies Director Judith Antell is a thoughtful and compassionate woman who led the effort to bring this Center to campus. Although Judith retired from this position, she remains committed and involved with Native American affairs on campus and at the NAERCC. Thank you, Judith, for your friendship and leadership. Second, Angela Jaime is the new program director and she does so much for UW students and their families. If you get a chance to visit the Center, you’ll be impressed with Angela’s library. Finally, thank you to Debra Littlesun and members of the Keepers of the Fire. The students did an excellent job leading tours and welcoming visitors. The Grand Opening was a success! I am so thankful for the many individuals who have supported the Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center and made its opening a reality.

Affie Ellis


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