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Events and Highlights

Native American Outreach staff partner with a variety of campus offices and student clubs to support educational events and cultural celebrations throughout the year.

Annual Native American Outreach Events

  • May 5: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Day
  • June 9: CTUIR Treaty Day
  • August 9:
  • Sept. 30: National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools
  • Second Monday in October: Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In 2023, activities include educational programming for the campus community and a potluck hosted by the Indigenous Peoples Education and Culture Club.
  • November: Native American Heritage Month. In 2023, events include a performance of “According to Coyote,” a one-person play with Kellen Trenal Lewis (Nez Perce, “Reservation Dogs” actor).
  • November 18, 2023 is the inaugural Pášx̣apa Powwow. Led by elders from CTUIR, this event will take place in Sherwood Athletic Center.

2022–2023 Native American Outreach Highlights

  • In April 2022, local tribal members set up a Southern Plateau Long Tent in the center of the Whitman College campus, creating numerous educational opportunities for the Whitman community and general public.
  • The Šináata Scholarship was established in 2022, with the first two recipients joining the Whitman Class of 2026.
  • Amber Ebarb (Gin Du Tlaa) ’03 gave the 2023 Commencement address. Ebarb is an enrolled citizen of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
  • The first ever Native Alumni Meet & Greet Event was held on campus with 2023 Commencement speaker Amber Ebarb, Šináata Scholarship students and families, and Whitman Native Alumni.
  • The Whitman faculty approved significant revisions to the Race and Ethnic Studies major, including renaming it Indigeneity, Race & Ethnic Studies (IRES).
  • The student-run Indigenous People’s Education and Culture Club (IPECC) is quite active, working closely with college administrators to create campus space and support for Native students.
  • Libby Miller’s work leading Whitman’s effort around the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act was highlighted in the Whitman Magazine.
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