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GUEST ROOM | We Should Protect Cultural Identification for Indigenous College students on Campus

The Akwe:kon Program Home opened in 1991 on Cornell College’s North Campus as the primary college residence corridor established to have fun North American Indigenous tradition and heritage. Akwe:kon, the Mohawk phrase for “all of us,” was chosen to encourage the notion that every one Native and non-Native folks had been welcome to reside in peace and understanding to be taught Indigenous values collectively. The constructing itself evokes the imagery of a conventional Haudenosaunee longhouse with elongated wings and weathered clapboard siding. The home windows dealing with the road are positioned to characterize the Hiawatha Belt, symbolizing the becoming a member of of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy which is an alliance of sovereign tribal nations composed of the Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Mohawk and Tuscarora. Akwe:kon displays a helpful neighborhood house and it’s extraordinarily disheartening that extra universities don’t present an area prefer it.

Contained in the constructing, the nice room, with vaulted ceilings that face west for the setting solar, is a spot for neighborhood members to come back collectively, maintain conferences, and focus on vital points very similar to the function of the fashionable longhouse as a gathering place. The general motif of the constructing, with curtains made out of material with desert southwest patterns, work and murals by Native artists and the portal home windows that overlook the nice room, are all designed to deliver emotions of residence for Indigenous college students. College students who reside in Akwe:kon have entry to a neighborhood kitchen the place they’ll prepare dinner conventional meals, a library with an unlimited assortment of books by Indigenous authors and a TV room to have film nights with mates. The final sense is that college students who reside in Akwe:kon and college students who go to are all a part of the neighborhood.

The institution of Akwe:kon was considered as a groundbreaking testomony to what universities can and will do to help and enhance retention for Indigenous college students. At this time, Akwe:kon is well-known amongst Indigenous lecturers and highschool college students looking for a supportive neighborhood in larger schooling, however, among the many bigger inhabitants, it has much less of a popularity. Most college students fail to know and admire its significance. After I moved on campus my Freshman yr, orientation workers didn’t know the place Akwe:kon was and directed me to Ganędagǫ Corridor just because it sounded comparable.