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Alumni Spotlight: Ron Halfmoon

Alum Ron Halfmoon Receives Award for Service

Ron Halfmoon
Ron Halfmoon, '72, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla and Nez Perce, was one of the original signers of the Memorandum of Understanding and recently received an award for his many years of service on the WSU Native American Advisory Board to the President.

Ron Halfmoon Confederated Tribes of Umatilla and Nez Perce was unable to attend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 15th Anniversary Celebration held November 9th, so Barbara Aston, WSU Tribal Liaison, made a visit to his home to present him with mementos of the day - a mug with the new Tribal Liaison Office logo and a map of the Plateau region commemorating the celebration and MOU anniversary.  She also presented him with an award for his many years of service on the Native American Advisory Board to the President. 

Halfmoon was an original signer of the MOU in 1997 in his capacity as President of the WSU Native American Ku-Au-Mah Alumni Society.  He was involved before the signing in pre-meetings that explored ways to strengthen the relationship between WSU and local tribes.  Halfmoon always reminded the Board and our Presidents of the unique responsibilities of a land grant institution and their special connection to the land.  The lands designated for the establishment of Washington State College, the land grant institution for the state of Washington, were part of the territories of the Nez Perce Tribe ceded in the treaty of 1863.

Halfmoon graduated from WSU in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  As a student, he was also very committed to working on Native issues and helping other Native students.   At that time, there were no permanent staff to help Native students and Native students were hired to assist with teaching, student services, and recruitment. 

Halfmoon is now retired and living in Lapwai, Idaho.  He continues to be interested in the developments at WSU and is especially interested in history and ensuring we remember and draw from what has gone before, in order to help us move forward.

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