Washington State University

March 2015

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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March 2015

Barbara Aston

Letter from the Director
As I look out my window from French Administration, I see that over the weekend the flowering trees are in full blossom and they are beautiful! Spring gives the gifts of new life and beauty around us, balancing the losses that are also a part of life.

McKenzie Desjarlais Preparing for Leadership in Speech-Language Pathology
McKenzie Desjarlais (Chippewa Cree), a graduate student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, was selected as one of 40 students nationwide to participate in the highly competitive and prestigious Minority Student Leadership Program of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Professor James Anaya Indigenous Rights Moving Forward; Challenges Remain
The world still has a ways to go when it comes to respecting Indigenous rights, but law professor James Anaya of the University of Arizona is optimistic. Anaya gave a lecture February 12 at WSU Spokane on “The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Contemporary World.”
Alex Smith, director of Winter In The Blood
'Winter in the Blood' Director Visits WSU
A special screening of Winter in the Blood at WSU February 25 allowed viewers a chance to watch the movie and also discuss the film with one of its directors.
Na-ha-shnee Institute High School Students Invited to Learn About Health Careers at Na-ha-shnee Camp
Native American and Alaskan Native high school students are invited to attend the 20th annual Na-ha-shnee Health Science Institute. The camp will be held June 21-July 2, 2015 on the WSU Spokane Campus, with housing in the nearby Gonzaga University dorms.
Grad print Native American Recognition Night to Honor 2015 Graduates
WSU’s annual Native American Recognition Night will be held Friday, April 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Alumni Center. This celebration will honor graduates, as well as recognize student, faculty and staff achievements in WSU’s Native community.
NASAI conference

WSU Hosts National Native Education Conference in June
Washington State University is excited to host the Native American Student Advocacy Institute (NASAI) this year, the first time the national conference has ever been held in the Pacific Northwest.

Greg Urquhart

Create the Perfect Studying Environment for Midterms
Well, midterms are upon us. With this in mind I thought I would provide some simple yet important pieces of information on a topic that’s often overlooked when it comes to studying, creating a good study environment.

Globalization Conference

Plateau Center for Native American Research, Collaborations, and Graduate Services
Several Indigenous Graduate and Professional Student Association (IGPSA) members participated in the WSU College of Education’s “Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference” at the Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights, Washington on February 26 and 27.

Autumn Jones

RECRUITMENT CORNER: What's Next for New Students
If you know a student who has applied or has recently been accepted to WSU, here is some helpful information to answer frequently asked questions regarding their next steps.

In Other News:

"American Indians and the Civil War" National Parks' Top Historian to Speak at WSU



Coming Up On Campus:

April 3

First Friday Feed
11a - 2p
Native American Student Center, Cleveland 21B

April 9

Native American Women's Association Talking Circle
Native American Culture House, 975 B Street


April 11

Mom's Weekend Waffle Feast
Native American Culture House, 975 B Street

April 16

NAWA Domestic Violence Panel

April 18

SIP Indigenous Research Conference


April 24

Native American Recognition Night
5:30-7:30pmLewis Alumni Center



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