Welcome to the Committee on FLC History

Guiding Principle:Fort Lewis College has a distinct commitment to provide educational opportunities and pathways for Native American students, and to support each student’s determination and the choices they make for their education and career. Recognition of our history and steps towards understanding how the past affects the present and future are part of FLC’s commitment to student success.

Committee Charge: The Committee will work with Faculty, Staff, Students, Tribal Leaders, and Community Members to develop recommendations for changes to the public displays of FLC history, particularly with regards to the Boarding School.


Committee:

  • Jesse Peters (chair), Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Lee Bitsoi, Associate Vice President of Diversity Affairs
  • Simon Chief, Assistant Director of the Native American Center
  • Elizabeth Quinn, Curator of Museum Collections CSWS
  • Joslyn Lee, Assistant Professor Chemistry
  • Majel Boxer, Associate Professor NAIS
  • Melissa Clutter, Assistant Professor Geosciences
  • Carma Claw, Assistant Professor Management
  • Rosalinda Linares, Information Literacy Librarian
  • Billy Nollet, Associate Professor Engineering
  • Sara Newman, Assistant Professor Public Health
  • Cody Stroup, ASFLC President
  • Michael Martin, Faculty Senate President / Professor History
  • Bridget Groat, Assistant Professor History & NAIS
  • Deanne Grant, Assistant Professor of Sociology & NAIS

Core Advisory Group:

  • Chiara Cannella, Associate Professor Teacher Education
  • Keri Brandt, Professor Sociology
  • Beth LaShell, Coordinator, The Old Fort
  • Jeff DuPont, Associate Vice President Student Affairs
  • Laura Owens, NAC Academic Support Coordinator
  • Paul Keunker, Visiting Instructor History
  • Emma Salazar, Academic Services Coordinator TRIO
  • Isley Frazier, Instructional Tech and Multimedia Developer
  • Chuck Riggs, Professor Anthropology
  • Brian Twenter, Visiting Assistant Professor of NAIS / Mellon Scholar
  • Davina Two Bears, Visiting Assistant Professor of NAIS / Mellon Scholar
  • Tribal Representatives
    • Navajo Nation Representative: Rose Graham
    • Southern Ute Representative: LaTicia Taylor / Garrett Briggs
    • Ute Mountain Ute Representative: Selwyn Whiteskunk
    • Jicarilla Apache Representative: TBD
    • All Indian Pueblo Council Representative: TBD
    • Additional Tribal Leaders: TBD
    • Native American Alumni Chapter Representative: Faith Roessel

Student Advisory Group 19-20:

  • Jalen Charley, Junior Psychology Major
  • Alyssa Begay, Senior Writing Major
  • Dyllon Mills, Junior Public Health Major
  • Yohneh Danforth, Junior Anthropology Major
  • Talbrett Caramillo, Senior Biology Major
  • Rexine Williams, Senior Public Health Major
  • Ally Gee, Junior Public Health Major
  • Chantel Jones, Sophomore Public Health Major
  • McKayla Keams, Senior Public Health Major
  • James Summers, Senior History and Political Science Major
  • Shasta Dazen, Junior Public Health Major
  • Jackson Suazo, Junior Native American Indigenous Studies Major
  • William Charles, Senior English Major

Working Subgroups 19-20

History of Boarding Schools and Fort Lewis Boarding School

  • Rosalinda Linares
  • Beth LaShell
  • Laura Owens
  • Keri Brandt Off

Other Colleges’ Strategies for Recognizing/Discussing Complex Histories

  • Joslyn Lee
  • Carma Claw

Possible Ways to Represent Complex Histories

  • Michael Martin
  • Paul Keunker
  • Liz Quinn

Ways to Discuss the Tuition Waiver & History / Framing Discourse

  • Melissa Clutter
  • Sara Newman
  • Billy Nollet

Timeline:

  • October 2019
    • President announces committee and charge
    • Committee membership established
  • November 2019
    • First meeting November 11, 2019 (bi-weekly thereafter)
    • Core Advisory Group established
  • December 2019
    • First Open Listening Session – December 13th
    • Tasks assigned and working groups established
  • January 2020
    • Continue working groups
    • Letters to Tribal Nations sent out
    • Zoom meetings with Minnesota Morris Provost and Faculty
  • February 2020
    • Second Open Listening Session – February 27th
    • Visit from Minnesota Morris Faculty
  • March 2020
    • Draft of first Recommendations
    • Follow-up sessions for feedback on draft with campus community
  • April 2020
    • Recommendations to President

Request for input

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  • Please take a few minutes to tell us your concerns about how our history is represented and how we can improve. 

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