The Historical Association of Lewiston commemorated Indigenous Peoples Day by presenting its annual Tuscarora scholarship to Paul Williams, a Niagara County Community College student majoring in digital media.
Williams said, “This came as a great surprise and I am most grateful and appreciative to the Historical Association for their support and encouragement for my studies. I hope to continue my education at a four-year school with my first choice being Syracuse University.”
Lewiston Museum curator Tom Collister also spoke and honored clan mother Francene Patterson for her contributions in preserving the Tuscarora Nation heritage and culture. She recently passed away.
Pictured, from left: Tuscarora Council member Neil Patterson Sr.; Bruce Sutherland; HAL President Ken Slaugenhoupt; scholarship winner Williams; his mother, Priscilla; Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick; Collister; and Tuscarora chiefs Leo Henry and Tom Jonathan.
The ceremony took place at the Tuscarora Heroes Monument, which was dedicated in 2013 and was the largest War of 1812 Bicentennial monument project in the United States.