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Halifax Community College (HCC) is proud to announce the American Indian Cultural Celebration, taking place on Nov. 1 from noon until 2 p.m. 

During the celebration, HCC will honor its first American Indian Heroes.

The impact of American Indian tribes is throughout our region, our state, and our nation. 

The contributions of American Indians is one that cannot be diminished. Therefore, HCC will honor those who have changed our area for the better.

Nominations are open for the inaugural American Indian Heroes Award, with a deadline of October 22 at 5 p.m. by mail or online submission. 

The nomination includes completion of a short form and submission of a brief essay detailing qualities in identified areas.

The essay will address each of four qualities listed below that are the selection criteria. 

The narrative should expand and focus on specific examples that demonstrate the nominee’s commitment and unique contributions to the Roanoke Valley. 

Any citizen of the American Indian community is eligible for consideration. 

Peers or family members may nominate individuals only. Individuals may not nominate themselves.

 The narrative should describe the nominee’s qualities in the following areas:

  1. Commitment and contributions to the community
  2. Unselfish devotion to others
  3. Initiative, innovation and leadership in the region
  4. Willingness to share time and wisdom through service to the community and its citizens

For more details or a nomination form, call Joanne Jolly-Ellis at 252-538-4320 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recognition of our heroes will take place on Friday, Nov. 1, during the American Indian Cultural Celebration.

Halifax Community College’s Mission

Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.