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Anthony Crawford ’28, Sky Smith ’28 and Allen Zamudio ’28
July 3, 2024

CTUIR Students Earn Full Scholarships to Whitman College

Three Native American students received the Šináata Scholarship created in partnership by Whitman College and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
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Whitman College student gardening outdoors.
May 24, 2024

Landscape Course Encourages Students to Reenvision the Whitman Campus

As a student, recent graduate Quinn Miller ’24 created a biology course, Campus Landscape: A Living Laboratory that was offered to fellow students in Spring 2024. The course and lab focused on developing projects that helped reintroduce native plants and Indigenous culture into the Whitman College campus.
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Sockeye Salmon in the water
April 11, 2024

Inaugural Salmon Film Festival: A Cultural Celebration

With a combination of film screenings, tribal speakers, cultural performances, traditional salmon bake, and ceremonies, the Salmon Film Festival is designed to educate, inspire and celebrate the heritage of regional Indigenous communities. All festival events, taking place April 12 and 13, on Whitman’s campus, are free and open to the public.
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January 12, 2024

Alum Roger Amerman Brings Native American Heritage to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Classroom

Roger Amerman ’80 is a Choctaw beadworker who brought his expertise to the Marvel series "Echo." Now he's returning to Whitman as the O'Donnell Visiting Educator in Global Studies for Spring 2024. Amerman will teach a new course delving into the paleo-history, history and ethnogeology of salmon-centric Tribal Peoples in the southern Columbia River Plateau.
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Pasena-Littlesky as the first Miss Pášx̣apa
November 22, 2023

Pášx̣apa Powwow Celebrates Culture and Collaboration

Whitman College, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and Walla Walla Community College partnered to host the inaugural Pášx̣apa Powwow. More than 400 people came from three states and five tribal communities to attend this monumental event.
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Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky
October 17, 2023

Whitman Student Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky to Receive Indigenous Leadership Award

Whitman College sophomore Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky will be honored at the 2023 Indigenous Leadership Awards in Portland, Oregon in recognition of her significant contributions as a member of the CTUIR Youth Council.
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Graphic of underwater ocean scene
October 6, 2023

A STEM Summer School Brings Together Whitman Faculty & Tribal Youth

Whitman College faculty and CTUIR partnered to provide STEM education to local Tribal youth in special summer school. During four weeks of immersion, students were very active in their science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Classes took place in Pendleton, Oregon near the Umatilla Indian Reservation where the students could attend in their own school district.
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Amber Ebarb speaks from a podium.
August 2, 2023

Rooted in Respect: Words of Wisdom from Amber Ebarb ’03

Amber Ebarb ’03 addressed the Class of 2023 during the 137th Whitman College Commencement Ceremony. Ebarb is the Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and spoke of the positive changes on campus since she graduated 20 years ago.
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May 19, 2023

Alum’s Beadwork to Appear on Marvel TV Show

The artwork of Whitman College alum Roger Amerman ’80, enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, may soon be featured in one of the largest movie and television franchises in the world. Echo is an upcoming Marvel television show about a Choctaw superheroine. Amerman beaded a piece that may end up on Echo’s costume.
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Jeanine Gordon with students.
April 27, 2023

New Appointment Strengthens Ties with CTUIR

Whitman College recently appointed Jeanine Gordon to be the first First Special Assistant to the President for Native American Outreach
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Amber Ebarb, smiling, standing outdoors, wearing a dark blue jacket.
April 24, 2023

Amber Ebarb ’03 to Deliver 2023 Commencement Address

Amber Ebarb, Class of 2003, Minority Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will deliver Whitman College’s 2023 Commencement address on Sunday, May 21.
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Libby Miller
October 26, 2022

What Remains: NAGPRA work at Whitman College's Maxey Museum

Important NAGPRA work at Whitman College's Maxey Museum helps return Native American remains to their tribes.
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