Washington State University

June 2017

Native American Programs News


Welcome to the newsletter of Washington State University’s Native American Programs.  This monthly publication features people and events of interest to WSU’s Native community, alumni, and supporters.

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 June 2017

Barbara Aston Letter from the Director
Congratulations to our 2017 Washington State University graduates! What a privilege it is to read their stories, their challenges, their accomplishments, and their advice to other students. 
Abagail Bellin

Abby Bellin: Yup'ik Student's Future is in Architecture
Abby Bellin, Yup'ik, received her bachelor's in architectural studies and will continue at WSU for her master's in architecture.

Anthony Choke

Anthony Choke: Transfer Student Balances Schoolwork, Culture
Nisqually tribal member Anthony Choke, 23, who majored in business with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and change, said that he has grown during his two years at WSU by becoming more diverse, outgoing, and independent.

Kalina Ebling

Kalina Ebling: Grad Student to Change World with Fashion
Kalina Ebling, Quinault, will soon be completing her master's degree in apparel, merchandising, design and textiles.


Rachel Ellenwood: WSU's First Udall Scholar Receives Her Bachelor's Degree
Rachel “Chedda” Ellenwood, Nez Perce tribal member, and two-time recipient of the prestigious Udall Scholarship graduated this spring with her bachelor’s in comparative ethnic studies (CES), and minors in American Indian studies and women’s studies.

Kaysha Mata-Peahu

Kaysha Kawailehua Mata-Peahu: Karuk Member Pursues Fashion Design
Karuk tribal member Kaysha Kawailehua Mata-Peahu of Lihue, HI received her bachelor's degree in apparel, merchandising, design and textiles. 

Frazier Myer

Frazier Myer: Grad Turns His Love of Basketball Into a Career
As the saying goes, “ball is life.” For 25-year-old Frazier Myer of the Chehalis tribe, basketball has been the driving force behind his pursuit of higher education and helped him determine his career path. 

John Reichel

John Reichel: Communications Graduate Interned at ESPN, Managed Student Radio Station
John Reichel, 22 year-old Cowlitz tribal member, graduated with honors from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication in May.  

Tillie Torpey

Tillie Torpey: Future Teacher Connects with Heritage at WSU
Tillie Torpey, Coeur d'Alene tribal member, received her bachelor's in elementary education. 

Colville Tribal Headquarters

Native Programs Staff Teach Summer Internship Course for the Colville Tribe
Ken Lokensgard and KE-Niah-Kiw “Kay Kay” Weso are teaching for their second summer in collaboration with the Colville Higher Education Department.  Over the course of the summer, they meet with thirty student interns on career development skills. 

Zoe Higheagle Strong

WSU Hosts Gathering on Indigenous Research
On April 1st, Washington State University hosted their third annual Indigenous Research Conference. The conference was organized by the WSU Chapter of the Society of Indian Psychologists.

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