by Tony Brave, Native American Outreach Coordinator


Native American Programs is excited to announce our annual Native Youth Exploring Higher Education (NY’EHE) summer camp, from July 13-17, 2019. NY’EHE is a summer camp for Native American high school students from around the greater Pacific Northwest region to have fun and explore opportunities in higher education. Up to thirty Native American students entering ninth and tenth grade in the fall of 2020 will be selected to attend the five-day camp held on the WSU Pullman campus.

NY’EHE participants create their own videogames during the 2019 camp.

The camp is free, and our goals are to get them excited about leadership and higher education, as well as to stimulate their interest in new fields and professions. Throughout the five-day camp, students will participate in a mock tribal council where they will examine topics of interest to today’s Tribal nations such as health, education, cultural preservation, resource management, and Tribal sovereignty. They will also get a chance to take a variety of workshops throughout their stay. Some examples of workshops from last year include traditional salmon roasting, podcasting, videogame making, Native sports, mural painting, and more.

Students prepare salmon to be roasted over fire pits outside the ESFCC during NY’EHE 2019.

Students will also gain the experience of living in a college environment, including sleeping in a residence hall with a roommate, eating at the dining facilities, utilizing the student recreation center, and engaging with current WSU students who serve as camp staff. Our department is here to serve Native students, and overall we want the youth to return home knowing that who they are and where they come from are important and greatly valued at WSU and in higher education.

The deadline to apply is June 14th, 2020.

Find more information about the camp at or contact Tony Brave at: 509-335-6718,