PATCHOGUE, NY – DECEMBER 6, 2011 – In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, St. Joseph’s College (SJC) recently welcomed back one of its alumnae, guest lecturer Janine Tinsley-Roe ’06, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Tribe and an advocate for Native American rights.
For the past 30 years, Ms. Tinsley-Roe has been a leader in Indian affairs, working to get Long Island legislators to recognize the contributions of Native Americans while raising awareness and fighting for Indian rights on behalf of her tribe, throughout the United States and overseas.
“This is our country and we [Native Americans] are its indigenous people,” said Tinsley-Roe. “St. Joseph’s was the only institution that I visited during Native American Heritage Month and I would love for more Long Islanders to understand and embrace our history.”
In addition to the lecture, Larry Yazzie and Troupe of Native Pride Dancers performed traditional dances for SJC students. Their performance featured a colorful and energetic routine known as Fancy Dance, indigenous to the Sac and Fox Tribe of Meskwaki Nation in Central Iowa. The traditional dance is performed as a way to honor Native American elders while reflecting their rich cultural history and keeping traditions alive.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.