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Native American Center (NAC) Student Staff: Andre Virden, BriAnna Roehrborn, Nate Sayas-Porter

Native American Center Coordinator: Job search in process.

Visit our new location: 

Student Services Center (SSC) Room 204

715-346-3576 

nac@uwsp.edu

Andre Virden: Boozhoo! Andre Virden ndizhinikaaz Waaswaaganing nindonjiibaa. I'm a senior here at Point majoring in Water Resources. I am currently involved with both Native American Student organizations AIRO & AISES. I am the current president of AIRO and have been for the last two years. I have also held a treasurer position for AIRO in previous years and was the Vice President for AISES for a year. After I graduate I hope to eventually go back home and work, but I'm looking to start out working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

BriAnna Roehrborn: My name is BriAnna Roehrborn and besides being one of the Native American Center's student staff here on campus, I am also the president of AISES, American Indian Science and Engineering Society. I am a first generation student of mixed race and am currently completing my Bachelors in Nursing. My tribal affiliation is Kiowa, and I was born near their reservation in Oklahoma, yet raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin, so I pride myself in being both a Midwesterner and someone with a lot of Southern influences.

Nathaniel V. Sayas-Porter: Boozhoo! Gaawiin aapiji ninitaa-ojibwemosii. Ninga-gagwejitoon ji ojibwemoyaan Nathaniel Sayas-Porter nindizhinikaaz. Gaa-waabaabiganikaag nindoonjibaa. Stevens Point nindaa. Mukwa nindoodem.

Greetings, Hello! I do not know how to speak Ojibwe very well but I will speak some Ojibwe. My name Is Nathaniel Sayas-Porter. White Earth is where my Reservation is and Stevens Point is where I am from. Bear is my clan.  I am currently completing my fifth semester at UWSP with a current double major in International Studies and Political Science. During my time at UWSP along with working in the Native American Center, I have been in involved with multiple student organizations such as AIRO (American Indians Reaching for Opportunity) in which I am the current Vice President, AISES (American Indian Science & Engineering Society), Latino Student Alliance, former member of Sigma Tau gamma Fraternity, as well as an active supporter of all of the multicultural organizations on campus. Being a mixed student, (White Earth Ojibwe, Apache, Aztec, Japanese, and Polish) has helped me develop a role on campus as a student leader for multiple groups of people and I would not trade the friends I have made here at UWSP for anything. My plans for the future are uncertain, however, I would love to pursue a future in Tribal Government, Diplomacy/foreign affairs, or assisting disadvantaged and misrepresented youth.  Chi-Miigwech, A,ho! (Big Thank You)

 


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Unique within the University of Wisconsin system, the Native American Center, otherwise known as the NAC, was established in 1978 to "respond to the self-defined needs and goals of Native American communities throughout Wisconsin." Historically, many of the NAC's activities have sought to "empower Wisconsin Indian people through quality education programs and technical assistance."


MISSION STATEMENT: 

To develop and support educational programs, projects, and initiatives to encourage the perpetuation of tribal languages and cultural traditions among Native American communities in Wisconsin. 

To promote fellowship among the American Indian community of central Wisconsin.

To foster the formal and informal educational goals of American Indian people.

To identify, transform, and utilize educational resources that address the needs of Wisconsin tribes in a manner commensurate with the cultural values of tribal communities. 

To advance public education concerning American Indians on the UWSP campus and in surrounding communities.