CWU honoring Yakama heritage with room dedication

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Two rooms in the Student Union and Recreation Center at Central Washington University are being dedicated April 19.

Rooms 137 A and B are now known as the Yakama and Chief Owhi Rooms, in honor of the Yakama American Indian tribe and Owhi, a Yakama leader during the United States’ migration into Washington Territory in the 1850s.

In conjunction with the room dedications is a free celebration, “Indian Country: A Gathering and Celebration” at 6:30 p.m. today.

The ceremony will include a ribbon cutting and a spiritual blessing by Johnson Meninick, an elder of the Yakama Nation. Another Yakama elder and CWU Board of Trustees member, Moses Squeochs, will bless the food — which will include salmon and fry bread.

During the celebration, there will be a slideshow, games and performances from Many Feather Dance Group, which incorporates the cultures of several tribes into its dances.

Representatives from the student government, Yakama Nation and CWU President James Gaudino will make presentations. The events are sponsored by Campus Life and the Diversity Education Center.

— Erin Snelgrove

Yakima Herald Republic

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