Collaboration between Whitman College and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has taken many forms over the past decades, including experiential learning opportunities for Whitman students, trips to the Tamástslikt Cultural Center, arts workshops for youth of the CTUIR, and lectures and other educational programming provided by tribal members to the Whitman community. In 2015, the CTUIR requested that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) be created to serve as a long-term guide for a partnership between Whitman College and the CTUIR.  The MOU was signed in May, 2017, and an advisory group was created to oversee Whitman's responsibilities in accordance with the MOU.

The purpose of the Whitman College Advisory Council for Collaboration with the CTUIR (WCACCC) is to enable Whitman College to function as an effective long-term partner to the CTUIR on areas of common educational concern. The WCACCC shall be composed of administrators, staff, and faculty with knowledge of past collaborative initiatives with the CTUIR and with the capacity to communicate with a broad range of members of the campus community. At least one member of the President's Cabinet, one faculty member, and one student will be included in the advisory council.

The current members are:

  • Alzada Tipton, Provost and Dean of the Faculty
  • Kazi, Joshua, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Lisa Perfetti, Associate Dean for Faculty Development
  • Noah Leavitt, Director of the Student Engagement Center
  • Jason Pribilsky, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Amanda Champion, Representative of Indigenous People's Education and Cultural Club (IPECC)

The WCACCC is charged with the following activities:

  • Respond to requests by the CTUIR to initiate projects involving Whitman College
  • Contact Whitman faculty and staff who might wish to contribute to collaborative projects
  • Assist Whitman faculty, staff, and students desiring to undertake collaborative projects with the CTUIR
  • Update the MOU regularly or as needed and oversee Whitman's efforts to fulfill its responsibilities
  • Assist the Whitman Communications Department in any communications about CTUIR or its collaborative work with the College

All members of the Whitman College community collaborating or desiring to collaborate with the CTUIR are asked to communicate with the WCACCC. Faculty, staff, or students without prior relationships with members of the CTUIR should contact one of the members of WCACCC if they are interested in developing a project. The WCACCC will then ensure that the proper contact at CTUIR is made and facilitate an introduction. Faculty or staff with ongoing relationships with individuals or offices of the CTUIR should inform WCACCC about continuing or new projects. The purpose of this communication is to ensure a more unified and coherent effort by Whitman College to serve as a productive long-term educational partner with the CTUIR.

A signed copy of the MOU may be found here: PDF of the signed MOU.