Eastern Oregon University’s Native American Program provides services which assure that Native American, Alaskan Native and other indigenous students have access to and success in EOU’s programs and creates a sense of community at EOU for these students by preserving and promoting Native American/Indigenous cultures and identities, offering numerous cultural events throughout the year, and fostering friendships with people of diverse backgrounds.
Types of Services & Programs
- Native American Heritage Month
- This is in November. Speel-Ya and the NAP work together to organize several events during this month to celebrate Native American culture & history.
- Spring Powwow
- One of the biggest events on campus! This is a two day event held the weekend after Mother’s Day. There is drumming, a friendship feast, art & craft vendors, and dance competitions. The event is free and open to the public.
- Diversity Conferences
- Elders Program
- This new program provides opportunities for elders to offer cultural workshops to EOU students, such as beading, regalia making, and language.
- Speakers, book releases, and film screenings
We humbly acknowledge the original inhabitants of the land Eastern Oregon University is upon: the Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Nez Perce people. We celebrate their traditions, languages, and stories. We acknowledge their continuing connection to this land, water, and community and pay our respects to these original stewards of Northeastern Oregon.