Native Skyway to Success

Native Skyway PEAK Experience students posing in front of a teepee

Build community with peers from multiple tribal communities. Over 170 tribal nations are represented at FLC from as far north as the Arctic Circle to the Southern reaches of the eastern seaboard.

Engage wtih faculty members to build academic skills and navigate academic resources. You will engage with the Four Corners area through an Indigenous lens and have a ton of fun along the way. This program is led by the Native American Center staff members and current student leaders.

When: August 19 - 24, 2023
Where: Campus
Number of students: 40
Student cost: $100

Registration opens in April 2023.


Day 1: Move-In & Team Building

During the morning, you will move in and get settled into your assigned rooms. In the afternoon, you will participate in team building exercises provided by the Red Eagle Challenge based in Shiprock, NM.

Day 2: Preparing to Transition to College

You will focus on preparing for college academics in the morning. The afternoon will be focused on wellness activities designed to assist you in building healthy habits as you transition into college. You will have a chance in the late afternoon to explore Durango so you can become more acquainted with the community.

Day 3: Indigenous Success in College

The day will begin with academic preparation for college. A speaker will talk with you about succeeding in college from an indigenous perspective. After the morning sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn about our Diversity Collaborative resource centers followed by a hike in the surrounding area.

Day 4: Launching into Fort Lewis College

The last day will focus on launching you into FLC Orientation and beginning your college experience. You will receive an introduction to the Native American Center and the services and opportunities that are provided to Native American students. After the morning session, you will transition into our New Student Orientation program.

Packing list

Because all freshman students are required to live on campus, your participation in this program gives you early check in to your Fall housing. Bring all of the items that you need to move into your room.

All program participants are required to stay on campus during the program, even those who have obtained a waiver for the first-year on-campus housing requirement. 

  • Bedding
  • Toiletries
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Clothing for four days, evening activities may require warm clothing
  • Sensible footwear that you will be comfortable in.

All PEAK Experience programs

Contact us

Orientation Office

171 Student Union
Phone: 970-247-7090
Fax: 970-247-7487

Shasta Hampton
Phone: 970-247-7686