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
- Throughout November the Native American Program, Indian Arts Festival & Speel-Ya Native American Club work together to organize several events throughout the month to celebrate Indigenous culture & history.
- Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness.
- Spring Celebration & Pow Wow
- One of the biggest events on campus! This is a two day event held the weekend after Mother’s Day. There is Social Dancing, Dance Competitions, Dance Specials, Saturday Friendship Feast, Art/Craft/Jewelry Vendors, Speel-Ya Club Concessions Stand and Hand Drum Contests. The event is free and open to the public. May 2020 will be our 50th Anniversary!
- Diversity Conferences
- Speel-Ya Club
- The Speel-Ya Native American Club is the longest running club here at EOU. Throughout the year Speel-Ya members work together to host fundraisers, learn event planning, opportunities to participate in group activities (trips, trapshooting, group crafts, etc), and plan the annual Pow Wow.
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.