May 15, 2012

"Cowboys and Indians" fraternity co-sponsors powwow

Saving Face: Fraternity That Threw Cowboys and Indians Party Co-Sponsors Pow Wow

By Simon Moya-SmithTwo months following an apology by leaders of Lambda Chi Alpha to members of the Native Student Alliance at the University of Denver (DU) for a cowboys and Indians theme party, the fraternity has agreed to co-sponsor the upcoming University of Denver Contest Pow Wow hosted by the Native Student Alliance (NSA).

“First of all, (the Native Student Alliance) has our unconditional support,” said Ross Larson, Lambda Chi’s vice president. “We want to show our support any way we can. I think this is a huge first step.”

In a response to calls by students for more efforts toward inclusive excellence, DU administration recently allocated $6,500 to the NSA for its powwow and designated the cultural gathering as a DU Presidential Debate signature event.

The university is slated to host the first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and likely GOP candidate Mitt Romney on October 3 and has scheduled a mélange of campus events, including the powwow, leading up to the presidential showdown.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Students Apologize for University of Denver Party and University of Denver's Cowboys and Indians Party.

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