Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC)

jweccThe Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center is named in honor of Dr. Josephine White Eagle for her involvement in advocacy and mentorship of Native students on campus and someone who was involved in the early developments of a culture center for Native students. Its first home was in Knowlton Residence Hall and in 1993 was relocated to Chadbourne Residence Hall. 

Redacted from History of the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center by Paul Oberheim, Cultural Center Fellow, spring 2018.

Hours of Operation:
The Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center is open from 1:00-9:00pm Monday through Thursday.  It is located in Chadbourne Residential Hall.  Sign in at registration desk with student ID.

Parking:
Parking available on lot 49 after 5:00 pm.   Transportation Services  offers additional information for parking on campus.

Access:
To access the center please call (413) 545-4932 to ask a staff to meet you at the main entrance of Chadbourne Hall and open the door for you.  During the hours of 8:00pm-9:00pm you will be asked to sign in and show identification at the security desk and confirm a visit to the center, and to sign out before leaving the building. 
For additional information visitors are encouraged to review the Security and Safety Guidelines for Residential Hall Access.

 

Spring 2019 Calendar of Activities

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada and the United States Conference
Old Chapel, Great Hall, 2nd Floor
Feb. 22, 2019

5-10 p.m.
The Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and UMass Native American Student Association have joined forces to bring Annita Lucchesi who will talk about missing and murdered Indigenous women which is an underreported problem happening in Canada, the U.S. and across the world. Join us in bringing light to this issue, spread awareness about this problem and let the voices of underrepresented women's voices be heard. As part of the conference, organizers and participants will engage in creating little red ress pins to symbolize the missing and murdered Indigenous women. Share to spread this important message and let's create a conversation so that they can become noticed and heard. This conference will feature: Annita Lucchesi, keynote speaker, creator of Missing and Indigenous Women Database and Susan McCarville, Native American artist. She will lead the creation of little red dress pins to symbolize the MMIW movement.


Study Hours
TBD

Success Coaching
Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
Walki-in to plan your  academic success.

beading 2019Beading 
Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.
January 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March, 5, 19, 26
April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Tap into into your inner creativity. Create pieces of jewelry using vibrantly colored beads. No RSVP required! Everyone's welcome! Materials and refreshments provided!
 

murdered native womenConference: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in Canada and the United States
Friday, February 22
5-10 p.m.
Old Chapel Multi-Purpose Space (first floor)

The Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and UMass Native American Student Association iwill organize a conference focusing on an underreported issue within the Native American populations in the US and Canada. They have invited  Annita Lucchesi who has been working for years to document the deaths and disappearance of Native American women. A previous project of hers - a database of missing and murdered indigenous women in both Canada and the U.S. - was profiled for NPR by Yellowstone Public Radio.
Join us in bringing light to this issue, spread awareness about this problem and let the voices of underrepresented women’s voices be heard.

 As part of the conference, organizers and participants will engage in creating red dresses to symbolize the missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the U.S. and across the world is an underreported issue in today's news. According to this article, "more than four out of five Native American women are expected to experience violence within their lifetime." And why is this not talked about as much as it should be? What is being done to help prevent this? We should not let these women's voices go unheard or be forgotten.

Share to spread this important message and let's create a conversation so that they can become noticed and HEARD.

Cultural Appreciation (one flyer includes events at all four cc)
JWECC Moccasins
March 25
6-9 p.m.

Moccasins have been worn by Indigenous people far thousands of years. This traditional style of footwear has more recently become appropriated by many non-native companies. Come learn the significance of traditional Moccasins and lean how to make your own pair. 

Free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages.

 

 

 

Fall 2018 Calendar of Activities

naive heritage monthNative American Heritage Month Dinner
November 15, 2018
5;30-7:30 pm
Amherst Room, 10th floor, Campus Center

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to the Native Heritage Month Dinner to celebrate identitites, identify common values and strengthen community over table conversations.

 

jwecc open house thumbnailOpen House
Wednesday, September 12
7-9PM
Fun, munch and mingle.

Come and meet the staff and learn the programming they prepared for the fall semester.  Everyone's welcome!

 

Success Coaching

Wednesdays starting September 12
1-4PM
Walk in to plan for your student success.

Study Hours
Wednesdays & Finals Week
5-7pm
Bring your books; we provide snacks and motivation.

 

Beading Project
Every other Tuesday starting September 18
6-8 PM
Make earrings, for any skill level.
Dates:  September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 5

Native Voices
One Monday per month starting September 24
7-9PM
Invited guests share experiences and cultural knowledge.
Dates:  October 22, November 5 and December 3

Rock your Mocs Unity Day
Stay tuned!  Coming to you sometime in November!
 

Nikkomo

Wednesday, December 12
7-9pm
This is an annual winter gathering celebrated by some southern New England tribes.  It originates from a traditional Narragansett give-away celebration. This community-union involves gift giving so this year, we are inviting our community to donate items for the Student Care Supply Closets.