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Safeguarding Our Natural Heritage Youth Program

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**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the N.C. social distancing guidelines, 
the Safeguarding Our Natural Heritage Youth Summer Residential Camp scheduled for July 6-17, 2020 has been canceled.

The Southeast American Indian Studies (SAIS) Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the fifth annual Safeguarding Our Natural Heritage (SONH) Youth Program.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and hosted by SAIS, will be held July 6-17, 2020.

The FREE two-week residential program is seeking 20 American Indian high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors that have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as agriculture, veterinary, plant, food, environmental sciences, and natural resources, wildlife biology, and related fields.

The intensive program will be held at UNC Pembroke, with visits to sites within the state including North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Wilmington, East Carolina in Greeneville, and the NC Zoo in Asheboro.

The program will expose students to the STEM and other fields, the college environment at UNC Pembroke, and American Indian history and culture, as well as potential career opportunities for college graduates in the tribal community and with the USDA-APHIS.

The application deadline is Friday, May 15, 2020, no later than 5 p.m.

Return completed application to your Indian Education YDS staff or mail to: Southeast American Indian Studies Program, UNC Pembroke, PO Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372. Applications may also be hand delivered to UNC Pembroke to Old Main, room 204 (Southeast American Indian Studies).

Additional Information

For additional information, please visit or contact

  • Myia Reyes (Lumbee), Interim Program Coordinator, Southeast American Indian Studies Program | Email: | Phone: 910.775.4663 | Fax: 910.522.5795

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