New Native American Historical Timeline

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Ticket Table at the Native American Pow Wow, 2007 or 2008

In commemoration of Native American Heritage Month, Special Collections presents a new historical timeline on Native Americans at NC State.  Other timelines documenting the history of NC State include Athletics, Campus Buildings and Grounds, Cooperative Extension Service, and NC State Mascots and Colors, among many others.  Here are some highlights:

Sam Gurneau, a quarter Ojibwe, was a star athlete in football, basketball, track, and wrestling 1930 to 1932.  Of his accomplishments on the football field, he intercepted and ran 60 yards to score the only touchdown versus Carolina in November of 1930.

Football Program from October 31, 1931

In April of 1973, NC State students participated in a protest with the Tuscarora Indians, as captured by Technician photographer Ed Caram.  They were protesting changes in Robeson County schools, the lack of federal recognition of the tribe, and the name change from Tuscarora to Lumbee. 

The First Annual Pow Wow was held on campus in 1990.  The Pow Wow, now an NC State tradition, is a celebration of Native American culture, including food, dress, and especially dance.

Father-Daughter Dance at the Pow Wow, 2007  or 2008

Chancellor Larry Monteith and Native American students sign a proclamation naming November Native American Heritage Month. Monteith also discussed a peer mentor program and increased recruitment of Native American students and faculty, as documented in the December 4, 1992 Technician.

Technician, December 4, 1992

Organized by the Office of Native American and Hispanic Affairs, the Native American Symposium offered information for incoming freshmen including how to navigate campus and financial aid.

For more images of Native American students, events, and culture, consult our Rare and Unique Digitized Collections site.