November - National Native American Heritage Month

We welcome you to WSU Vancouver in the homeland of Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Throughout this month and every day, WSU Vancouver recognizes the contributions of Native American peoples to technology, sciences, philosophy, arts, and the knowledge and deep cultural influences that have shaped this campus and are embedded in teaching, research, scholarship and service.

To develop and maintain WSU Vancouver’s vital relationship with Native American tribes and peoples, the university receives leadership from the Native American Community Advisory Board and the Campus Director of Native American Affairs. These units work collaboratively with the Office of Tribal Relations and Native American Programs at WSU Pullman. Collectively, these entities work with tribes and other key positions across the WSU system to help ensure culturally revitalizing and sustaining policies and practices.

While WSU Vancouver observes Native American Heritage Month, the university acknowledges its location in the homelands of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest who have occupied these lands since time immemorial.

The Morrill Act of 1862 established land‑grant institutions by providing each state with “public” and federal lands, which are traced back to the disposition of Indigenous lands. In 1890, the state of Washington received 90,081 acres of Indigenous Lands designated to establish Washington State College, as it was known then. The majority of these lands are retained by WSU to this day, and some of this unceded land is in Southwest Washington.

WSU Vancouver holds deep contrition for and grapples with the historical atrocities of colonization. WSU Vancouver is dedicated to expanding relationships with and honoring sovereignty of Native American Tribes and peoples. WSU Vancouver is in solidarity with Native American peoples and supports WSU’s pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect and reciprocity.

Native American Heritage Month events


CILA Heritage Month event—Red Stone: Restoring Hope through Art and Culture

3 p.m. Nov. 5
Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110 or via Zoom, Meeting ID: 952 9906 0926, Passcode: 234613

Upper Columbia/Okanagan River 2021: “One River, Ethics Matter”

Nov. 17 – 18
The 8th annual One River, Ethics Matter conference hosted by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Register online to attend

Southwest Washington Equity Coalition Teach-In Series: "Tribal Communities"

10:30 a.m. – noon Nov. 19
Join WSU Vancouver Native American Community Advisory Board Members and Southwest Washington Equity Coalition to identify partnerships and how we are working with Tribal Communities in Southwest Washington.

Register online to attend

Friday, Nov. 26—Native American Heritage Day