Words: Alexandra Valerio
The Native American Student Union, founded by Seniors Kayla and Autumn Moore, is now a fully sanctioned club at Centennial High School.
According to the club President Kayla Moore, the goal of the Native American Student Union is to “raise awareness on issues in the Native community [and] raise money for the Native American Human Rights Fund.”
Kayla also hopes the club provides a safe environment for all indigenous and non-indigenous people. “The club is for anyone who wants to learn about the culture, Native or not.” She emphasizes that the club is happy to have new members and would like to hold elections for the Native American Student Union.
Kayla and Autumn are members of the Lumbee Tribe, centered in North Carolina. Kayla feels that the Native American community is one that is “severely overlooked and appropriated.” Their objective as the Native American Student Union is to provide knowledge of Native American heritage.
Kayla’s biggest inspiration for creating the club was her late grandfather Hebert Locklear, who founded the Baltimore American Indian Center.
“I was thinking of ways to create my own Native community at Centennial and figured a Student Union would be the best way to do it,” Kayla said.
To reach the Native American Student Union, the club’s Instagram is @chs_nasu and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The Native American Student Union meets every other Tuesday in Room 908.
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