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Letter from the Director

squirrel outside French Admin builidng
by Barbara Aston


As I sit at my desk here in French Administration, my window looks out on several trees, evergreen and crabapple trees.  The ground and trees are lightly blanketed with a skiff of snow.  The crabapple trees are bare of their leaves, but still retain their small dried fruits on their limbs.  I watch as a squirrel grips a branch while it pulls at one of the dried crabapples.  » More …

Workshop Offered on Healing from Historical Trauma

Robbie Paul
by Shana Lombard, Communications Assistant


Native American Programs will host a historical trauma workshop 4 pm. – 9 p.m. Friday, February 23, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at Casa Latina for students and the community to learn how to identify trauma in their family and establish personal tools to apply healing to themselves and their family. » More …

Nez Perce Graduate Continues Tradition

graduate Shelby Leighton
by Faith Price, Assistant Director



For Shelby Leighton, being a Coug is a family tradition.

“I had a ton of family that came up here – my mom, all of her four sisters and one of her brothers, and my grandfather,” said Leighton. “Beyond that, all the family are Cougar fans, even if they didn’t attend WSU.” » More …

Levi Horn Inspires at Sports Summit

Levi Horn with WSU Native Programs staff and students
by Faith Price, Assistant Director


Nearly 100 middle and high school students, parents, and chaperones traveled to Washington State University to attend the 6th annual Native Youth Sports Summit and Native American Appreciation Day basketball game on January 28. Attendees came from as far away as Nooksack, Lyle, Inchelium, Toppenish, Cusick, and Lapwai.

One of the highlights of this year’s Sports Summit was the opportunity to hear from Northern Cheyenne tribal member Levi Horn whose athletic career took him all the way to the NFL. Horn spent two years with the Chicago Bears, followed by a short stint with the Minnesota Vikings. Now he works for the Native Project in Spokane as a substance abuse counselor. » More …

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