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Gonzaga Native American Studies Program Announces Verne F. Ray Award Winners


SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University students Reggie Peone and Ivy Wood are recipients of the first annual 2013 Verne F. Ray Award, the Gonzaga Native American Studies Program announced. The students each received a $100 award based on research narratives compiled by studying the Verne F. Ray Papers in Gonzaga’s Foley Center Library.

Peone’s paper, titled “Observing the Spokane People Until 1900,” follows the Spokane People, now known as the Spokane Tribe of Indians, through their initial contact with non-Indians. Peone, a senior and member of the Spokane Tribe, addresses various conflicts that occurred across the United States during the settlement of immigrants into new lands. One of these issues, land loss, changed the lifestyle of the Spokane People. Peone demonstrated this change through his exploration of the Tribe’s current cultural recovery and restoration efforts.

Wood’s paper, titled “Sovereignty and Homeland: The Kalispel’s Petition,” depicts the Kalispel Tribe of Indians’ rejection of a reservation community away from their traditional lands. Wood, a sophomore, outlines the Kalispel Tribe’s use of the Indian Claims Commission and a petition to successfully establish a formal reservation on their own land.

Laurie Arnold, who was named director of the new Native American Studies in fall 2013, made the award for student research as one of her first initiatives.

The award was also created to honor of the late University of Washington anthropology Professor Verne F. Ray (1905-2003), who worked with various tribes throughout the Northwest to gather ethnographies and other research that supported the tribal land claims in the Indian Claims Commission hearings.

For more information, please contact Laurie Arnold at or at (509) 313-5947.

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