Laramie, WY. — University of Wyoming officials are proposing a new center for Native American students, slated to move into the UW Honors Program Red House. The hope is that the center will help with student recruitment and retention and create a community atmosphere.

“Through this center, we’re hoping to demonstrate respect for native people’s culture, traditions, laws and diverse expressions of sovereignty,” project coordinator James Trosper said.

UW Vice President of Student Affairs Sara Axelson told the UW Board of Trustees on Friday that Native American student retention for fall 2015-2016 was about 50 percent.

The center does not yet have an official name, but UW President Laurie Nichols plans to form a committee to determine the name and guide the move-in process. September is the current target for an opening ceremony.

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