Students in West Virginia University’s Native American Studies Program will share their findings at the 2014 student research colloquium at 6 p.m., March 19, in room 122 of Ming Hsieh Hall.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

The colloquium highlights the scholarship of students completing a minor in Native American Studies, but is also open to students from other programs whose work centers on Native American topics.

This year’s panel of researchers includes:

  • Megan Funkhouser of Grafton, a December 2013 WVU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. She will present “John Marshall Law: Trends and Tragedies of Early Native American Law.”
  • Ashley Ayers of Beckley, a sophomore mathematics major. She will present “Speak Tsalagi [Cherokee] Together: an English Look into our Past.”
  • Jason Kikel, a December 2013 WVU graduate with a degree in geography and a minor in Native American studies. He will present “Comprehensive Planning in Sovereign Tribal Communities.”
  • Nick Martin of Rhinebeck, New York. A junior criminology major pursing a minor in Native American studies, Martin’s presentation pays tribute to his Oneida Nation grandfather Sagowhe, a tribal chief whose name means “Generous One.”
  • Caleb Pennington, a senior history major with a minor in Native American studies, from Brandford, Pa. He will present “The Right to a Traditional Life: Native American Hunting and Fishing Rights.”
  • Isabelle Shepherd, a senior pursing a dual degree in political science and English with a minor in philosophy. She will present “The Legal Argument Inherent in Louise Erdrich’s book, The Round House: A Rotting Casserole and Twisted Roots.”

For more information on the colloquium, please contact Bonnie Brown at



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