Office of Native American Affairs

Land Acknowledgement

Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region.

This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.


Native American Affairs has been established at Eastern Washington University to provide leadership, guidance and support for Native American initiatives, organizations, and programs that align with the Native American Advisory Council (NAAC) and Eastern Washington University’s strategic plan.

Our Vision

The vision of Native American Affairs is to develop and maintain respectful and mutually productive relationships between Northwest Tribes, Native American Organizations, and Urban Indian Communities and key stakeholders through culturally appropriate outreach. We work to develop, recognize, promote, and facilitate protocols of reciprocity as they relate to tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

Director of Tribal Relations

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Erin Ross

Director of Tribal Relations
Office of the President
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