Washington State University

October 2016

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.

If you would like to receive the Native American Program's newsletter via email, please subscribe here (list name: Tribal-Liaison)


October 2016

Barbara Aston Letter from the Director
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.
NoDAPL action

Cougs Support Water Protectors in Standing Rock
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.

Emma Johnson

Pullman Transfer Getting Involved in Vancouver
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.

Frazier Myer

Chehalis Student Studies Abroad in Cuba
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.


Nez Perce Tribe Awards WSU $10k Grant for Ambassadors
WSU’s Native American Programs was awarded a $10,000 grant through the Nez Perce Tribe’s Local Education Program Fund this fall to support the Native American Student Ambassador Program.

Cherrise Reyes

Coug Senior Interns in Washington DC
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.  

Free the Snake!

“Water is Life” 2nd Annual Free the Snake Flotilla
Native Programs principal assistant Sue Gilchrist shares her adventures with retention specialist Kay Kay Weso at the 2nd annual Free the Snake Flotilla!

Creative Native Fashion Show

1st Annual Creative Native Fashion Show at Spokane Convention Center to feature Native Cougs
Native American models will bless the runway for the first time at the Spokane Convention Center on Oct. 15 wearing fashions designed by Native Americans.

Scott Abrahamson

Leadership Program Sees Record Enrollment
This fall, WSU's Tribal Nation Building Leadership Program welcomed it's largest cohort since the program began in Fall 2013. Meet the new students!


Native Center News: Stickgame and Cedar Headband Making!
I hope that your year so far has been exciting, interesting, and fun.  If it hasn’t been, you need to get involved in the Native Center, as we have had fun events nearly every week!

Dr. Bryan Brayboy

Dr. Bryan Brayboy Speaks on Indigenous Higher Education
On September 27, Washington State University welcomed Dr. Bryan Brayboy from Arizona State University to give a lecture entitled “Tribal Nation Building: Listening to the Heart and Engaging Love in Indigenous Higher Education.” 

Go Cougs!

RECRUITMENT CORNER: Coming Soon to a Community Near You!
I am traveling throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon this fall to meet prospective Cougs! 

Elsie Cree NoDAPL

Looking Back
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.  

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