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Nez Perce Student Secures Prime Leadership Position on WSU Pullman Campus

by Shana Lombard, Communications Assistant


Veneice Guillory-Lacy was elected by students this past spring to serve as the 2019-2020 Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Vice President. Her running mate and now GPSA President is Ralph Chikhany. Together the two ran on a platform aimed at uplifting student voices and finding avenues for change for graduate students to navigate their educational journeys more easily, the “clear choice for student voice.”

“We just really wanted to illuminate the voices of graduate students; advocate and allow them to understand there are policies that are affecting them and that they do have a choice and that we can make positive change,” Guillory-Lacy said. » More …

Native Student Retreat Gets Cougs Out on Lake Coeur d’Alene

by Faith Price, Director of Native American Student Services


Shouts of “Go Cougs!” echoed across Lake Coeur d’Alene as seventeen students on stand-up paddle boards glided across the water during the first annual Native Student Retreat September 14th and 15th.

“It was a lot of fun!” said sophomore Kamapolani Garcia (Tohono O’odham/White Mountain Apache). “It was a good bonding experience, too.” » More …

Washington State Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Celebrates National Sorority Turning 25

by Shana Lombard, Communications Assistant


Twenty five years ago at UNC-Chapel Hill, the country’s first Native American-based Greek letter organization formed with the intent to generate a much-needed sisterhood for Indigenous women at a university level.

As the organization reached it’s silver anniversary, the WSU Provisional Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc (formerly WSU Expansion Chapter) brought the celebration to the Palouse with Foundations Week, a week dedicated to honoring the organization and all it has done for its membership. » More …

Stickgame and Indigenous Peoples’ Day Coming Up in October!

by Joelle Edwards, Native American Retention Specialist


The Native American Student Center has some exciting activities planned for the month of October!

First up is our First Friday Feed collaboration with the Asian American Pacific Islander Student Center. Our centers will each be making dishes and bonding over a stickgame lesson. Also joining us will be Evanlene Melting Tallow, WSU Native American Health Sciences outreach and program coordinator. She will be teaching all of us how to play stickgame and speaking with students interested in pre-health fields. » More …

Individuals Interested in Native Research Invited to Affiliates and Associates Program

by Ken Lokensgard, Assistant Director, Center for Native American Research & Collaborations


A primary focus of the Center for Native American Research & Collaboration (CNRC) during the 2019/2020 School year is the revitalization of the Affiliates and Associates Program. Affiliate members of this program include WSU faculty, administrative professionals, and staff, as well as members of various tribes. Associate members are scholars at other academic institutions.  Together, the Affiliates and Associates will focus their expertise, experience, and engagement on topics related to collaborative research, teaching, and outreach involving Native American communities. » More …

Kelly McCracken

May 2019 graduate Kelly McCracken opens up about her time at WSU…

Kelly McCracken
Major/minors: Athletic training with a minor in psychology
Tribal Affiliation:  Afognak Native Corporation
Hometown: Fall City, Washington » More …

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 …