For senior Gabrielle James, coming to Carolina required a leap of faith. She hadn’t even stepped foot on the campus before enrolling.
But she was familiar with one thing — the Carolina Indian Circle. It’s a group created about 40 years ago by American Indian students with the goal of building a support network for members from various tribes and sharing their culture with the rest of campus. She joined when she first got to campus and has been serving the club ever since.
In this week’s episode, James shares her experiences as a member of the Carolina Indian Circle, discusses why it’s important to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month in November and reflects on that leap of faith that brought her to Carolina years ago.
“I have absolutely loved my four years here,” said James, a political science and American Indian indigenous studies double major who is minoring in social and economic justice. “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
For a list of heritage month events put on by the Carolina Indian Circle and the American Indian Center, visit the American Indian Center’s website.
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