Thursday, February 2
Lanna Samaniego
Location: 3:30 - 5 pm at Student Union Theatre

Native American issues and needs

Lanna Samaniego has served as the Executive Director of the North American Indian Cultural Center (NAICC) in Celina, Ohio, since 1999. She is of Eastern Cherokee ancestry and has worked for more than 30 years with Ohio’s Native American population through education, employment, and advocacy. She has worked with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health to identify and develop programming to address Native American issues and needs.

Mrs. Samaniego’s efforts have earned her numerous awards. In 2000, Samaniego received a Community Service Award from the Ohio Commission on Minority Affairs In 2001, she was admitted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame.  In 2010, she was recognized at the Moccasin Trail Powwow for her work with Ohio’s Native American Community. In addition, Mrs. Samaniego is an author who has received an Award of Excellence from the International Poetry Society for two poems, published in a Book of Anthology.