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Renewed partnership supports Native students

EOU, CTUIR strengthen partnership to support students2018 Speel-Ya Pow Wow at EOU

Oct. 12, 2018 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  Decades of partnership between the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and Eastern Oregon University will be recognized at a special celebration and memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. in EOU’s Gilbert Event Center.

“We are proud of our EOU graduates and look forward to building an even stronger relationship in the years to come,” CTUIR Chairman Gary Burke said. ”This MOA demonstrates the university’s commitment to our Tribes and education.”

Leaders from CTUIR and EOU will sign a MOA that outlines a renewed commitment to collaboration and cooperation to enhance relationships and strengthen support for Native students in Eastern Oregon. The full event includes comments from both organizations and features the Nixyaawii Community School Drum and EOU’s Speel-Ya student club.

“This event marks our commitment to the people of the land we now call La Grande and our promise to support them in their pursuit of a higher education degree,” said Bennie Moses, EOU’s Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion. “The ceremony is also a rare opportunity for students and our campus community to experience a historical event in our campus history, which builds upon a promise between CTUIR and EOU to make the university a place where Native students can achieve their goals.”

Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. All alumni, community members, students and employees are invited to attend.