Indigenous/Native American Resources

Smudging/Pipe Ceremony policy


sage and abalone shell

 Did you know that Colorado College has a Smudging and Pipe Ceremonies Policy in support of Indigenous/ Native American students, faculty, staff and guests? Those who wish to engage in smudging and/or pipe ceremonies should complete and submit a Ceremonial Use Notification Form.

Elder in Residence

Debbie Howell
Have you met Elder in Residence Debbie Howell?

Debbie Howell began as Colorado College’s first elder-in-residence in 2019. She is a member of the Pawnee and Dakota tribes, comes to the college with extensive civic engagement experience, having served as co-chair of the Native American Advisory Council with the Emerging Leaders Development Program at El Pomar Foundation, and contributing her knowledge to many Native, women’s, and community committees and causes. Howell’s understanding of eldership in the Native tradition, including Native history, traditions, and practices, will serve her well in this position, as she holds scheduled office hours, builds relationships with and mentors students, supports on-campus events, and connects CC to relevant community resources.

To learn more about Elder Debbie please visit the Spiritual Life page.  

Native American Student Union (NASU)

IMG_20201103_132822.jpgNASU - The Colorado College Native American Student Union has been around since 1977. To learn more about this student organization please visit their webpage here.
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