Haskell Indian Junior College is sponsoring a series of discussions about AIDS on Monday.
Lisa Tiger, a member of the Cherokee nation from Muskogee, Okla., will talk to a social work class and a personal hygiene class, as well as participate in a panel discussion and a forum. Tiger tested positive for the HIV virus.
"This program originated with a class project from a personal hygiene class," said Manny King, a guidance counselor at Haskell. "The students in the class felt there was a need to address this issue on campus. We got going on it and this was the result."
Jay Johnson, director of client services for the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, said HIV infection is affecting different Native American groups from those traditionally seen with the infection.
"Through my agency, I supervise staff providing services for HIV patients throughout Oklahoma," Johnson said. "And we're seeing a dramatic increase in the number of infected female teen-agers. It's growing dramatically through heterosexual contact in this group."
Johnson estimates that of the 1.75 million Native Americans in the United States, about 8,000 to 10,000 are infected with HIV.
"I hope the number is closer to 8,000," he said. "But, unfortunately with most groups in the country and among Native Americans, there's the thought that if we don't pay any attention it won't affect us."
The program is sponsored by Haskell's Counseling Center and personal hygiene class. All events are free and open to the public.
The schedule includes:
9 a.m. blessing ceremony, Haskell campus, west of Haskell auditorium.
10 a.m. social work class presentation with speaker Lisa Tiger. Sequoyah Hall, Room 126
11:15 a.m. personal hygiene class presentation with speaker Lisa Tiger, Coffin Sports Complex, Room 119
2 p.m. Panel discussion on the effects of AIDS on family members with Lisa Tiger; Albert Pohocsucut, counselor; Yolanda Riddle, Kansas University student; and Jay Johnson, national Native American AIDS representative. Moderator: Venida Chenault-White, Haskell faculty. Navarre Hall conference room.
4:10 p.m. A forum with Lisa Tiger dicussing her efforts to educate Native Americans on the issues of AIDS and the growing incidence of AIDS among women and American Indians at Haskell Auditorium.