WSU celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day across its campuses

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will be commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Day across its campuses for two weeks.

There will be multiple events taking place from October 10-19.

Pullman Campus

The first event will be on October 10. A tipi assembling demonstration will be happening on Todd Steps, where the public is invited to help out. A pizza fundraiser supporting Ku-ah-mah, the Native American Student Organization at WSU, will take place after the demonstration. Funds raised from the fundraiser will go toward their powwow.

The Native American Student Center and other student organizations will also be sharing information and have tables to answer questions.

The events on the Pullman campus will end with a keynote presentation on the significance of sweetgrass in Cree Culture from Lyman McGilvery. McGilvery is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation. McGilvery is a well-known cultural expert who takes and weaves sweetgrass for the community to use in ceremonies or as gifts. You can watch the live stream of the presentation here.

Vancouver Campus

On the Vancouver campus, there will be an event on Federal Recognition and Indigenous Sovereignty regarding Chinook and Celilo Wyam struggle for self-determination. Sam Robinson, vice chair of the Chinook Indian Tribe, and Lana Jack, a Celilo Wyam activist, will be part of the event on October 12 at the Vancouver Campus Library in room 261 from 12:05 p.m.-1:30 p.m. It will also be on Zoom.

Here is the zoom meeting ID and passcode for this event.

Zoom Meeting ID: 983 7749 8753, Passcode: FederaRec

The next day, Native American Programs Coordinator Julian Ankney will host events called “Free the Snake and Nimiipuu Canoe Project, A Healing Journey” and “Heart of the Monster, Nimiipuu Creation Story” at the library in room 260. The events will also be on Zoom and will happen from 10:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Here is the Zoom information for those events.

10:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. “Free the Snake and Nimiipuu Canoe Project, A Healing Journey”
Zoom Meeting ID: 914 0765 5014, Passcode: FreeTSnake
12:05 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. “Heart of the Monster, Nimiipuu Creation Story”
Zoom Meeting ID: 959 9522 937, Passcode: HeartOTMo

On the final day of events, WSU’s Pullman reading program will screen “Smoke Screen,” a 1998 film that deals with two Coeur d’Alene Indian men dealing with loss and the end of childhood innocence. The movie will be shown at 4:30 p.m. in room 202 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education.

Click here to see the full list of events.