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Banner Recognition Ceremony To Be Held for CSU, Chico and Local Native American Tribes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The ceremony will take place at CSU, Chico’s north campus residence halls, on the lawn area between Mechoopda Hall and Konkow Hall. The event is open to the public.
The ceremony will begin with an introduction by David Stephen, director University Housing and Food Service, and a prayer blessing offered by a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria. Then CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg will offer a welcome, and Alan Rellaford, university creative director, will provide a history of the Banner Project. Remarks will then be heard from individual tribal members from each of the participating tribes.
Rellaford said the Banner Project finally came to fruition after many years of consultation and is a result of a close working relationship between the local area Native American tribes and the University.
The banners, located throughout the north campus student residence halls, depict photos and basketry designs from members of Butte County Native American Tribes. This University project highlights its special relationship with the Native Americans who first occupied the Sacramento Valley. The banners will serve as a reminder of the school’s rich Native American heritage and is symbolic of the positive government-to-government relationships that the region’s tribes have with the surrounding governments and institutions.