ONAI (Organization for Native American Interests)
ONAI is one of many student organizations devoted to cultural exploration. Often community members take part in the organization’s events along with student members. Students need not be Native American or NAS minors to take part in regular group activities, but should have both as strong desire to learn more about Native America and a commitment to social justice. ONAI students often volunteer their time providing educational and cultural programming aimed at school children and community organizations.
When the group was found, four areas of dedication were outlined…
Education: ONAI stresses education on Native American subject for its members as well as through educational outreach to the university and local community.
Preservation: This pertains to preservation of cultural traditions as well as the groups traditions.
Service: ONAI strives to provide students with service opportunities in connection with Native American activities, both on campus and elsewhere.
Spirituality: The group promotes the process of pursuing a more intimate, personal relationship with the Creator.
ONAI singers share a song at the October 2012 Peace Tree Ceremony on the downtown West Virginia University campus. This drum was gifted to ONAI many years ago for use as a teaching drum, and therefore, unlike many traditional drums, is open to both male and female students, Native and non-Native alike.