by Ke-Niah-Kiw “Kay Kay” Weso


Hi Cougs:

It has been a busy fall term for Native American Programs and we invite you to come join in on the fun!

Proud dad Casey Cree (center) with his daughters Rhea (l) and Elsie (r) at the Dad’s weekend breakfast.

In October we enjoyed homemade chicken noodle soup for our First Friday Feed.  In addition to that, Phill Allen taught a fry bread making workshop and we enjoyed Indian tacos for our Community Dinner afterwards.

November has been full of amazing events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.  We provided traditional foods for our First Friday Feed to included baked salmon, wild rice, and triple berry crisp with huckleberries that were donated by Ken Lokensgard.
Our film screening of Warrior: The Leonard Peltier story was enlightening and provided information about activism and the criminal justice system in the United States.Dad’s Weekend consisted of our annual build your own breakfast burrito bar tailgate that was sweetened by a Cougar football win!

Staff and students rocked their mocs on November 15 and showed support for the water protectors at Standing Rock.

Our annual Rock your Mocs event was held November 15 to celebrate our Native diversity on campus.  Students and staff wore their moccasins around WSU that day to visibly let campus know we are here. The following day was our monthly Community Dinner, a traditional Thanksgiving Feast with our WSU family.

Please join us for our upcoming First Friday Feed that will take place on Friday December 2nd from 11 am-2 pm in Cleveland Hall #21B.  It’s our staff Chili Cook-off contest.  Last year, our winner was Faith Price with a spicy chili with fresh jalapenos from her garden.  We look forward to tasting this year’s submissions.  In addition to that, we have our Stress Smash happening on Wednesday, December 7that 12-1 pm.  This event was very entertaining to watch last year and we are looking forward seeing this year’s outcome.

As always, please let me know if you need assistance.  I am here to help!


Kay Kay

Ke-Niah-Kiw Weso

Ke-Niah-Kiw “Kay Kay” Weso
Native American Retention Specialist

Washington State University
Cleveland Hall 25
509-335-8677 or