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1 15 Year Overview Barbara Aston Special Assistant to the Provost/Tribal Liaison

2 1997 Signing of the MOU...Whereas, Washington State University and the Signatory Tribes wish to create a structure to strengthen the relationships between them, and to improve the quality of educational services and opportunities provided to Native American students at Washington State University...

3 Subsequent Signings Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs November 13, 1998

4 Subsequent Signings Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes November 17, 1998 Signed in the tribal council chambers in Pablo, Montana.

5 Subsequent Signings Cowlitz Tribe October 28, 2002

6 Regular meetings over the years The first Native American Advisory Board meeting met April Two to three meetings have been held every year since. Advisory Board Meeting, Spring 2000

7 Early Activities Three Language Roundtables Two Language Conferences Kellogg Foundation Partnership 2020

8 Early Activities Native Women’s Writing Workshops

9 Creating the Plateau Center Plateau Center planning committee formed Dr. Mary Collins chaired first Plateau Conference 2004

10 Creating the Plateau Center Interim Director, Dr. Ron Pond, appointed in 2005 Hosted second Plateau Conference and first Native American Research Expo Search for permanent director initiated, closed without hire. Second Interim Director, Barbara Aston, appointed in 2006

11 Creating the Plateau Center Under leadership of second Interim Director: Plateau Center moved from College of Liberal Arts to the Provost Office Permanent budget established Space identified for Plateau Center in Cleveland Hall Plateau Affiliate program established Plateau Fellows program established Mini-grant program for affiliate faculty established

12 Creating the Plateau Center Third Plateau Conference coordinated by Phillip Cash Cash, First Plateau Fellow Two more Native American Research Expos hosted

13 Plateau Faculty Mini-Grant Highlight Anthropology Protocols for Research and Tribal Interaction

14 Highlight: Marc Beutel, Plateau Affiliate Lake Roosevelt students attend National AISES Conference with Dr. Beutel.

15 Highlight: Library web site and Plateau People’s Portal Project

16 Inter-Institutional MOU …to strengthen the instruction and scholarship about, and services to Native Americans offered by each institution… March 24, 2008  Lewis-Clark State College  North Idaho College  Northwest Indian College  University of Idaho  Washington State University

17 Special Events

18 WSU Arboretum & Wildlife Conservation Center

19 Plateau Center Faculty & Staff Michael Holloman Director July 2010 Jeanette Weaskus Clinical Faculty WSU Grad August 2011 Renee Holt Graduate Assistant Clearinghouse for Native Teaching and Learning August 2011 Kim Christen Director of Digital Projects 2011

20 Plateau Center Current Initiatives Planning for AIST minor and certificate curriculum to infuse Nation-Building concepts Expanding AIST course offerings through inter- institutional partnership Expanding Plateau People’s Web Portal through NEH grant to include collections from MAC Partnering with College of Education Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning for outreach activities with pre-service teachers and teacher training

21 College of Education Initiatives Creation of Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning WSU/Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership Pacific Northwest Center for Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Outreach Susan Banks-Joseph Associate Professor Lali McCubbin Associate Professor Paula Groves Price Associate Professor

22 Speech and Hearing Sciences 20 master's degrees and 23 bachelor's degrees to Native students, 2 have gone on to receive doctorates. Graduates work in tribal early childhood and head start programs, schools serving Indian communities, and health care settings. Ella Inglebret Project Director Cultural Interfacing: Preparation of Personnel to Work with Native Americans Graduated 42% of all Native speech-language pathologists and 40% of all Native audiologists in the Northwest.

23 Native American Health Sciences Robbie Paul Director Permanent state- funded position Summer 2000 Na-ha-shnee Summer Camp Participants 17 th Annual Na- ha-shnee Over 350 high school students have attended 70% have gone on to college

24 Native American Health Sciences Graduates: 51 BSN Nurses 70% returned home to respective tribes or are working in a tribal clinic 8 Master’s level nurses Current Native American students: Pre-nursing: 15 Pre-health science degree programs: 10 Nursing: 3 Master’s: 1 PhD: 1 Doctor of Nurse Practitioner: 2 Pharmacy: 1 Speech and Hearing: 1 Trude Smith Plateau Scholarship Recipients

25 Native American Student Center Franci Taylor Retention Counselor Peer Mentors Student Mentor Program Student advocacy and support Scholarship and financial aid assistance Campus and community support and referrals Academic advising Computer access Free academic tutoring Workshops Cultural events Inter-cultural opportunities

26 Native American Cultural House Potlucks Drum Practice Talking Circles Sewing and Crafts Special Events

27 Tribal Liaison Office Barbara Aston Special Assistant to the Provost/Tribal Liaison Feb 1998 Faith Charlo Principal Assistant to the Tribal Liaison Feb 2012 Autumn Jones Native American Outreach Coordinator Oct 2012

28 Early Outreach NY’EHE (Native Youth Exploring Higher Education) NY’EHE th Annual Summer Camp 477 students have participated

29 Recruitment Campus visits Tribal community college fairs Active recruitment in tribal communities

30 Planning & Communications Website Newsletter Marketing Materials Database Management

31 Nation Building Curriculum

32 Thank You!! Thank you to all for your commitment to increasing and improving educational opportunities for and about Native Americans and for your presence here today.


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