NTU will continue with celebration after flooding

Sep 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Daniel Vandever

After withstanding a weekend of flash floods, evacuations, and widespread damage, Navajo Technical University (NTU, Crownpoint, NM) will continue with its four-day community celebration of its new status as a university. NTU will kick-off the festivities on Wednesday, September 18, at NTU’s information technology building on the main Crownpoint campus.

The first day of the celebration will open with a welcoming address and a visit by NASA and the Traveling Space Museum. The second day of celebration will begin with a sheep butchering, followed by storytelling and other cultural activities. The university will offer a free mutton lunch to all in attendance. On Friday, NTU will celebrate with student club activities throughout the day, in addition to a James and Ernie Comedy Show. The Sneezy Boys will also provide a free concert to the community in the evening. The four-day event will come to a close on Saturday, September 21, with a community fun run/walk.

The Navajo Nation approved NTU’s status as a university in July, but it wasn’t until the middle of August that the Higher Learning Commission recognized the institution’s new status. NTU joins Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD) and Haskell Indian Nations University (Lawrence, KS) as the only tribal universities.

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