The Native American Student Association, or NASA, is the newest cultural group to grace Wilmington College with its presences. They’ve come out of the gate strong with an astounding 9 members total, as well as some ‘heavy hitters’ from the faculty, which include Stephen Potthoff, Steve Szeghi, and Chip Murdock.
Jayme Mabry leads NASA as the president. She hopes to learn more about her own heritage and bring some Native American culture to the community. Jayme also mentioned that she is about 15% Cherokee with her heritage.
Jayme talked about an arts and craft event that NASA might host at some of the elementary schools around Wilmington, specifically the idea of making dream catchers for the kids. “I think the campus is extremely welcoming, and hopefully we’ll see an influx in student interest in the group.” Students do not need to be Native American to join the group.
I think the campus is extremely welcoming, and hopefully we’ll see an influx in student interest in the group. – Jayme Mabry, President of NASA
Next, I spoke with Karmiela White, a freshman and Vice President of NASA. She said, “I hope that the club can bring more awareness about Native American tradition and bring to light the atrocities of what has happen and hopefully begin to mend the wounds.” Karmiela’s uncle was an activist at Standing Rock and spoke at Wilmington a few weeks prior to the formation of the group, which had initially engaged some thought about Native Americans on campus. He has his own sweat lodge on his estate, which Karmiela would love to give tours of so that some students could see a very sacred tradition of Native Americans. She grew up in a Lakota culture and has a significant percentage of Lakota ancestry.
Macki Leon, a freshman and the current Secretary for NASA, also brought up the community-oriented idea of crafting dream catchers at elementary schools around town. Macki said, “It would be pretty cool to go to Serpent Mound and a few Indian Reservations around Ohio if possible.” Macki currently knows of some Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in her heritage.
It would be pretty cool to go to Serpent Mound and a few Indian Reservations around Ohio if possible. – Macki Leon, Secretary for NASA
The official meetings of NASA begin January 16th, and then alternate every 1st Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 3rd Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. of every month. If you would like more information, you can contact Chip Murdock, Jayme Mabry or Heather Hill!