FIRE Summit

FIRE Summit, Facilitating Indigenous Revolution through Education

2017 FIRE Summit

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
South Puget Sound Community College
Featuring: Dr. Adrienne Keene, activist behind Native Appropriations

Adrienne KeeneJoin us for a day at college! This one-day event welcomes local Native students to meet indigenous community leaders, college students, and professors and get informed about going to college. FIRE Summit is a joint project between the Squaxin Island Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, The Chehalis Tribe, and Skokomish Indian Tribe, with North Thurston Schools and South Puget Sound Community College. For more information, contact Karama Blackhorn, Program Coordinator, SPSCC Diversity & Equity Center.

Summit Agenda

7:30 am - Registration Opens (Minnaert Center Lobby)
8:00 am - Welcome by Dr. Stokes and Local Tribal Leaders
8:30 am - Keynote Presentation: Adrienne Keene, "Native Representations, Pop Culture, and Cultural Resistance in Cyberspace"
10:00-10:45 am - Workshop 1
11:00-11:45 am - Workshop 2
12:00 pm - Lunch and Activities (Student Union Building)
2:00 pm - Closing

The Chehalis Tribe logo The Nisqually Tribe logo The Skokomish Indian Tribe logo The Squaxin Island Tribe logo

Workshops will include topics such as:

  • Native Appropriations, Indigenous Social Media, and Responding to Racism (led by Adrienne Keene)
  • Tribal Careers
  • Art Photography
  • Telling Your Story - Personal Statement writing
  • Student Experience Panel
  • Language Revitalization
  • Applying to College and Scholarship Availability

Afternoon activities include:

  • Catered lunch
  • Crafts
  • Door prizes
  • Drop-in room to meet presenters and ask questions

FIRE Summit Scholarship

Three $1,000 FIRE Summit scholarships will be awarded by the SPSCC Foundation to students enrolled in SPSCC for Fall 2017.


FIRE Summit scholarships will be awarded to any student who has participated in an indigenous and/or cultural activity (canoe journey, pow wow, or past FIRE Summit event), or is registered to attend the 2017 FIRE Summit AND meets one of the following criteria:

  • Current high school, Running Start, or SPSCC student, OR
  • Applying for Fall 2017 enrollment at SPSCC

Application Deadline

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 28, 2017. For scholarship information, contact Yolanda Machado, SPSCC Counselor, 360-596-5318.