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Letter from the Executive Director of Tribal Relations

staff group photo at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center.


Dear friends,

January 9th marked a special time for the Tribal Relations Office and Native American Programs. First, we celebrated the retirement of our dear friend and long-time leader, Barbara Aston. After 31 years of dedication to Native American education, she is now enjoying extra time with her family and still remains passionate about service. I have now served as the Executive Director of Tribal Relations for almost two months and continue my work as Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology and the Director of the Center for Native American Research and Collaboration. These positions complement each other in many ways. » More …

Pah-Loots-Puu Powwow Coming to WSU March 22-23

Pah-Loots-Puu Powwow 2019 flyer
by Faith Price, Director, Native American Student Services


The 42nd annual Pah-Loots-Puu Powwow is scheduled for March 22 & 23rd at WSU’s Beasley Coliseum!

The ASWSU Ku-ah-mah Native student organization has been working hard for months to organize their largest event of the year, the Pah-Loots-Puu powwow. Dancers and singers from around the region will be in attendance. The powwow is free and open to the public. » More …

WSU Hosts Native Youth Exploring Higher Education Camp 2019

NYEHE 2019 flyer
by Tony Brave, Native American Outreach Coordinator


Native American Programs at WSU is proud to announce our annual Native Youth Exploring Higher Education (NY’EHE) summer camp, from July 15-19, 2019. NY’EHE is a summer camp for Native American high school students interested in exploring opportunities in higher education.  Up to thirty Native American students entering ninth and tenth grade in the fall of 2019 will be selected to attend the five-day camp held on the WSU Pullman campus. » More …

Native Graduates Walk in the Fall 2018 Multicultural Graduation Celebration

December 2018 graduates Malik Johnson (Blackfeet) and Becka Oehler (Tlingit).
by Shana Lombard, Communications Assistant


The fall 2018 semester came to a close with the Multicultural Graduation Celebration in December 2018.

Students donned special graduation stoles made with fabric representative of the four culturally-based student centers on campus while giving a speech of their time at WSU and a toast to those who’ve helped them along the way. Faith Price, Director of Native American Student Services, also makes Native students Pendleton stoles to wear in addition. » More …

Letter from the Executive Director

group in front of knowledge rooms in the Cultural Center
by Barbara Aston, Executive Director of Tribal Relations


Life is full of beginnings and endings.  Since June, we have welcomed four new staff to Native American Programs.  This newsletter features Tony Brave, our new Outreach Coordinator, and Joelle Edwards, our new Retention Specialist.  I think that after the first of the New Year, we can drop the “new” before Tony and Joelle’s names.  From their first days on the job, they both jumped in with great enthusiasm, creativity, knowledge, and a lot of heart to reach out and serve our potential and current students.  » More …

Retirement Party Planned for Barbara Aston

Barbara Aston's Retirement Party Jan 9, 2019


After 31 years of dedication to WSU’s Native American community, Executive Director of Tribal Relations and Special Assistant to the Provost, Barbara Aston, is retiring from the university. A retirement party is planned for her last day January 9, 2019 at 4 pm in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center at 405 Southeast Spokane Street on the WSU Pullman campus.

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