Jacob Bernier | Staff Writer
Century College’s Native American Student Association is once again active and looking for members, thanks to the new head of the club, Marisa Deloye, an 18 year old psychology major.
Better known as NASA, the club has had its ups and downs.
In the spring of 2014 Anthony Carlson was the sole member of the club, but when he left Century, there was nobody willing to take on the responsibility. With low member numbers and nobody there to continue to run the club, it was eventually disbanded.
Fast forward to fall semester. When Deloye was looking into clubs around campus, she learned the Native American club had recently disbanded.
Once she found out how to start the club anew, she took it upon herself to get it up and running. In order to accomplish this, Deloye, like every other club, has to attend student senate meetings as well as participate in events and activities around Century. With ten younger siblings, Deloye is no stranger to making decisions while being in charge.
Native Americans who don’t grow up on a reservation search for their heritage, finding out what they know from either their family members or from school. Deloye is no exception. With her father being from White Earth and mother being from Bad River, she was eager to learn more regarding her own heritage.
Being a member of Centennial High School’s Native American club has helped her envision what she hopes NASA can become; a place for Native American students to get in touch with their heritage. “Just in that one year alone I learned more than I did my entire life about it,” Deloye said about her high school experience.
NASA currently consists of four members. Deloye said she has opened the club to all students, but emphasized “I was hoping to get some Native Americans who had stronger ties with their tribe”. Being able to have members that can teach what they know about their culture is crucial for the club to thrive.
NASA is open to all students. Anyone interested not only in learning more about Native American culture but also carving a path for future Native American students is encouraged to sign up. Students can contact Deloye at email@example.com for more information.