The Winona State University Mass Communication department has been in a long-term partnership with Diné College, the tribal college of the Navajo Nation. That partnership has resulted in tremendous opportunity for both Winona State and Diné College students to practice and hone multimedia journalism skills through an annual summer fieldwork class on the Navajo Nation.
The fruits of the students' hard work will be premiered and celebrated next week here on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, Sept. 135 p.m.: reception with refreshments - Somsen Hall Main Lobby
5:30 p.m.: program with films and short speeches - Somsen Auditorium
Five films (about 20 minutes each) will be shown, featuring:
- Chester Nez, the last of The Original 29 Navajo Code Talkers from World War II
- Kee Etsicitty, a Navajo Code Talker during World War II
- Agatha Spencer, a long-time admissions counselor at Diné College
- Samuel Tom Holiday, a Navajo Code Talker during World War II
- Joe Vandever Sr, a Navajo Code Talker during World War II
Following this reception, the WSU students involved will travel to the Navajo Nation to host a reception-premiere at Diné College.
The documentary films will be archived and available for viewing at the WSU Library, the Diné College Library, the Navajo Nation Museum, the Navajo Nation Library, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
A special "Thank You" to the WSU Mass Communication Department and the WSU Foundation for continued support of this important project.
-- Dr. Tom Grier, WSU Professor of Mass Communication