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Tribal Relations

Project and Event Highlights

Call For Artists

Tribal Relations Symbol: Dark blue semi-abstracted human figure surrounded by lighter blue crescent shapes
Current Project

WWU and the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) seek an artist to create an original artwork for a Coast Salish longhouse-inspired building on campus. Specifically, the artist will create an artwork out of interior doors between the welcome entry and gathering space.

Coast Salish Style Longhouse

The House of Healing rendering showing the front of the building clad in brown siding with an archway made of logs at the front door
Ongoing Project

In partnership and close collaboration with Coast Salish tribal nations and the Western Native American Student Union, Western Washington University seeks to build a traditional Coast Salish style longhouse in honor of the historic importance of place that it occupies and in acknowledgement of the University’s responsibility to promote educational opportunities for Native students.

2023 Spring Powwow

Striking Native American graphic artwork of four eagles in alternating red and black forming intricate circular design on a white background.
Past Event

Hosted by the Lhaq'temish and the WWU Native American Student Union, the Coastal Jam and Powwow was held on Western's Campus on May 5-6, 2023. Find more information at this link, and check back for more information on next year's event!

Hidden Silence

Speakers at Hidden Silence in front of an audience
Past Event

In this roundtable held on April 6, 2023, speakers Bev Sellars (Xat’sull First Nation), Hollie Mackey (Northern Cheyenne), and Anna Lees (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa) addressed the long-term impacts of residential and boarding schools for Native people in the U.S. and Canada.

Native American Student Union

Bold red and negative space Native American style artwork

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Office of Tribal Relations

Contact Information

Four Native women at the Hidden Figures events wearing colorful shawls

752 Viking Union
Laural.Ballew@wwu.edu
Office: 360-650-3110