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Letter from the Director

by Barbara Aston


Our newsletter continues to grow right along with the adventures and accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff!  Since our last newsletter, WSU has welcomed their 11th President, Dr. Kirk Schulz. We look forward to getting to know President Schulz and introducing him within the Native community. » More …

Cougs Support Water Protectors in Standing Rock

by Edmund Frazier Myer



Angela Picard, WSU doctoral student, and Nez Perce tribal member, heard about the pipeline on social media. Looking further into the issue, and seeing that it was being compared to the Keystone pipeline, she began to have a genuine concern, said Picard. Cougs are joining tribes from across the nation in rallying to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux and their protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. » More …

Pullman Transfer Getting Involved in Vancouver

by Edmund Frazier Myer




Emma Johnson, 19, Cowlitz, and a member of WSU’s Native American Women’s Association (NAWA), Ku-Ah-Mah, and Wazzu Singers, was one of the most active students in Native American Programs last year in Pullman.  In fact, she won a tablet for her attendance at so many Native American Programs events over the 2015-16 school year. » More …

Chehalis Student Studies Abroad in Cuba

by Edmund Frazier Myer


From the moment the plane landed in Havana, Cuba, it didn’t take me long to realize that I wasn’t in the United States anymore. The majority of the people on the plane were Cuban-Americans, and they celebrated the landing with a round of applause. Outside of the airport were the families of the Cubans on board. » More …

Coug Senior Interns in Washington D.C.

by Edmund Frazier Myer


Over the summer, Cherrise Reyes, a senior at WSU from the Upper Skagit tribe, participated in the Native American Political Leadership Program in Washington, D.C.  As part of the program she was able to attend the Democratic National Convention, where she was present for Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders’ speeches. » More …

“Water is Life” 2nd Annual Free the Snake Flotilla: Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River

By: Sue Gilchrist, WSU Native American Programs’ Principal Assistant


It all started with an event at Moscow’s Kenworthy Theatre. The showing was the award winning documentary film “Return of the River” which brings to light a successful dam removal project in Washington State on the Elwha River. About a minute into the film, Kay Kay Weso, co-worker at WSU Native American Programs, and I knew we were “in” and registered for the 2nd annual Free the Snake Flotilla! » More …

Looking Behind

By Dr. Jeanette Weaskus



As the activism to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline unrolls across our nation, it brings to mind our forebears who once fought this same good fight.  As future leaders and contributors to your tribes and nations, knowing those iconic figures and what they did to pave the way for all who came after them is both respectful and necessary. » More …

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