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Oct. 15: Author to discuss musical life of Indian school
September 15, 2014

Parkhurst-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Melissa Parkhurst, an ethnomusicologist who teaches classes in world and Native American music at Washington State University, will give a free presentation about her new book, “To Win the Indian Heart: Music at Chemawa Indian School,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Nez Perce National Historical Park in Spalding, Idaho.

Free recipes featured in Colville tribal calendar
April 14, 2011


Salmon soup with wapato
and cattail shoots 



12 wapato roots, camas or small new potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

6-8 cattail shoots or asparagus, trimmed of woody exterior and sliced

6 green onions, or 8-10 wild onions

4 cups of water

5 juniper berries

1 pound of salmon steak


What is wapato



1. Place wapato roots, cattails, onions, water and juniper berries in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.

2. Decrease heat to medium and simmer … » More …

Renowned indigenous artist to speak at WSU
March 14, 2011

Juane Quick-to-See Smith

PULLMAN — WSU’s department of women’s studies has named renowned artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith as the 2011 Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Visiting Lecturer.


Smith will give her lecture titled “A Survey of Contemporary Native American Art,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Kimbrough Hall, room 101, with a reception immediately following.



30 years in art

Smith is a painter, print-maker, artist, activist and curator who has organized contemporary native exhibits for more than 30 years. Her multimedia work explores the ironies of myths and icons that bound in mainstream America … » More …

Boeing donates building to Squaxin Island tribe
August 10, 2010



SEATTLE – Recent actions between The Boeing Company, the Squaxin Island Tribe and the WSU Extension Energy Program will allow the tribe to enhance youth and senior programs.


Boeing donated a 10-unit modular cafeteria complex of approximately 7,200 square feet to the tribe.

“The opportunity to secure and relocate this cafeteria complex was brought to our attention by the WSU Extension Energy Program’s Plant Operations Support Consortium,” said Ray Peters, executive director of the Squaxin Island Tribe. “This will save us more than $250,000 and make a real difference in our community programming.”

The tribe … » More …

Plateau Center to be co-managed
July 29, 2010


SPOKANE – The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and Washington State University have announced a plan for the collaborative management of the MAC’s Center for Plateau Cultural Studies program and WSU’s Plateau Center for American Indian Studies.


Under the agreement, Michael Holloman, director for the MAC’s Center for Plateau Cultural Studies program for the past nine years, will also become director of WSU’s Plateau Center for American Indian Studies.


Ron Rector, executive director at the MAC, said the collaborative effort is intended to expand resources and opportunities for the American Indian Plateau student population and other … » More …

Improving Native American achievement
February 9, 2009

A listening session provides feedback about Indian

education. (Photo courtesy of Julie Titone)

Building relationships between Indian tribes and school districts is one of five key steps needed to improve Native American student success, according to WSU researchers.


Their report, “From Where the Sun Rises: Addressing the Educational Achievement Gap of Native American Students in Washington State,” was commissioned by the state Legislature. In addition to analyzing test results, it draws on the lessons of successful education programs.


It also incorporates perspectives gathered at 10 formal “listening sessions” and another dozen opportunities for … » More …

WSU alumnus wins prestigious award
November 16, 2007

WSU alumnus Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his autobiographical novel for young people, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

Alexie received the award for best book in the young people’s literature category on Wednesday night at the awards ceremony in New York.

In his acceptance speech, Alexie said, “Wow … I obviously should have been writing YA (young adult) all along.”

Alexie, who has written 19 books of fiction, poetry and essays, credited Alex Kuo, a creative-writing teacher at WSU who gave him an collection of Native American … » More …

Cochiti Pueblo tribal leader to speak at WSU
October 4, 2006

PULLMAN – Regis Pecos, a lifetime member of the Cochiti Pueblo Tribal Council who has spent much of his professional life advancing the interests of Native Americans, will speak at Washington State University at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in Room 518 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education.Pecos’ presentation, “One Hundred Years of Failed Federal Indian Policy: Understanding the Crisis and Breaking the Cycle of Self-destruction,” is sponsored by the WSU Globalization, Diversity and Education Speaker Series.Born and raised at Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico, Pecos has served terms as both governor and lieutenant governor of the Pueblo and been a Tribal Council member since … » More …

Plateau Center gets grant, interim director
December 17, 2004

Ron Pond has been named the interim director for the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies at WSU.Pond came to Washington State University in the mid 1990s as a graduate student in the interdisciplinary doctoral program. He recently completed his dissertation and was hooded at the Dec. 11 commencement.Before taking the new position with the Plateau Center, Pond taught a course on Native American music through the School of Music and Theatre Arts.The center, which received a $250,000 grant for the fiscal year, aims to provide and create educational experiences for students, faculty and staff at WSU and on the reservations.WSU is part of a … » More …