Welcome to the Committee on FLC History

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 want to 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. 

Charge: The Committee is working 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.

The Committee is working with a Core Advisory Group and seeks input on the following:

  • Articulations of FLC history and the tuition waiver
  • Understanding the boarding school history
  • Ideas for public displays and ways to increase inclusively for all students

Current Committee Members:

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

Core Advisory Group:

  • Lee Bitsoi - Director of Diversity Collaborative / Tribal Liaison
  • Bridget Groat - Visiting Instructor NAIS
  • Deanne Grant - Visiting Instructor Sociology
  • 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

Student Core Advisory Group:

  • 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 – 

Representatives from Tribal Nations:

  • Rose Graham, Navajo Education Center - Department Manager, Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance

Native American Alumni Chapter Representative

Events Opened to the Community:

Open Listening Session
December 13, 2019 11:00am-12:30pm

Campus Listening Session
January 30, 2020 12:50pm-2:20pm 
Students - Berndt Hall, RM 235
Faculty - Center of Southwest Studies, Museum/Gallery
Staff - Noble Hall, RM 130

Open Listening Session
February 27, 2020 12:50pm-2:20pm


  • 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

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

    While we would like to have your contact information so we can follow up if necessary, it is not required. All fields are optional.