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  • Wassaja Hall dedicated with songs, drums and words

    Men playing a drum in the foreground, with dignitaries and speakers standing to honor their performance

    University of Illinois representatives stand with members of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation as the OtterTrail drum group, from the Peoria Tribe in Oklahoma, performs the "Flag Song" to begin the dedication of Wassaja Hall Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Student Dining and Residential Program Building. Wassaja, later known as Carlos Montezuma, was the first Native American to graduate from the University of Illinois, earning his degree in 1884.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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