Washington State University

May 2016 Newsletter

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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May 2016

Barbara Aston

Letter from the Director
As you peruse the newsletter, I hope that you will join me in recognizing the hard work of all of our staff and celebrate with us the accomplishments of our students!  We are very proud of our students and standing behind them are decades of proud Native Cougs. 


Ceremony Held for New Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center
Construction for the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center on the Pullman Campus is beginning with a projected completion date of Spring 2017.  On April 28, Nez Perce Tribal leaders joined WSU leadership and community in a ceremonial recognition of the land and the construction site. 

Acacia Hall Senior Breaks Into the Music Industry
Acacia Hall, Tlingit, from Federal Way, Washington, is a senior studying strategic communication and lead singer in the local band “Organix.”
Mykel Johnson

WSU Celebrates 40th Annual Powwow; Mykel Johnson Crowned Miss Pah-Loots-Puu 
On the weekend of March 26 and 27, the Ku-Ah-Mah Native American student organization hosted the 40th annual Pah-Loots-Puu Powwow.

Cheffrey Sailto Wazzu Singers Share Culture with WSU Community and Guests 
This year’s Wazzu Singers drum group has been in high demand on campus. They’ve sung for prospective WSU students at the “Future Cougars of Color" conference,  Japanese ambassadors at the WSU Visitor Center, and for their peers at the Native American Recognition Night honoring the 2016 spring graduates, as well as many more events.
Mom's Weekend 2016 News from the Native Center: It's Been a Great Year! 
It has been my pleasure getting to know our Native Cougs this academic year!  We have had so many memorable events and activities that turned out great.
Jorden Dakin-White Plateau Center: Indigenous Research Conference, Research Workshops Held
The WSU Chapter of the Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) hosted the 2nd Annual Indigenous Research Convention on April 23. Attendees included undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members from WSU, the University of Washington, the University of Idaho, and Eastern Washington University.
Go Cougs! RECRUITMENT CORNER: Native Student Numbers Are Growing at WSU 
We have had over 900 self-identified Native American/Alaskan Native applicants to WSU Pullman as of May 2016 and over 1100 when including our other WSU campuses.

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