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October 13, 2016

Canoe Journey Reawakened and Canoe Journey Ongoing: A Tale of Two Waterway Adventures

This year, for the first time since canoes were a regular form of transport for gathering, hunting and fishing, many of the Plateau Tribes embarked on a canoe journey on the Columbia River from various traditional starting points to Kettle Falls in northeastern Washington State. Kettle Falls is where—in the pre-dam, pre-contact era—the tribes would…


IHART2 Lauhoe: Call for Applications

The Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program (IHART2) is recruiting postdoctoral through mid-career PhDs and MDs to apply for up to five 24-month-long HIV/AIDS research mentoring fellowships. Qualifying applicants will primarily be from Indigenous populations (American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Latino Indigenous) as well as Underrepresented Ethnic Minority or non-Native scholars from socially or…


Māhina Training Program 2016

I RARO I TE ATARAU KAROHIROHI: E WHAKATERE HAERE ANA NGĀ WAKA I TE MOANA-NUI-Ā-KIWA (BY THE SHIMMERING LIGHT OF THE MOON: SEA VESSELS ARE NAVIGATING THE SHARED WATERS AND KNOWLEDGES OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN) This past June, eight Indigenous trainees and two Tuakana (Māori for “mentor”) fellows embarked upon the transformative journey of a…


New Horizons for IWRI Staff

On September 27, 2016, the IWRI family celebrated with four dedicated staff members who will take what they learned at IWRI to new, exciting ventures. Photo from left to right: Teresa (Tess) Abrahamson-Richards, Spokane Tribe, Master of Public Health, joined IWRI as a student research assistant in October 2012 and as a Research Coordinator in…


Partner Spotlight: Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

At IWRI, our partnerships not only form the cornerstone of our research approach, they provide personally meaningful grounding in the work that we do. Many of us are able to maintain links to our own indigenous identities by stepping outside of the university to collaborate with our tribal partners. The partnerships and friendships we have…


IWRI Faculty Member Jordan Lewis Returns to Alaska

I joined the IWRI family in July 2013 and the past three years have been an incredible experience, both professionally and personally. As an Aleut (Alaska Native), I found that everyone at IWRI was very supportive of my commitment to continue working with Alaska Native Elders and bringing their experience and wisdom to IWRI and…


Clear Sky Native Youth Council gifts IWRI

In June 2016, IWRI received a gift of appreciation from the Clear Sky Native Youth Council, associated with the Urban Native Education Association. Drawing from greater North Seattle, Clear Sky is made up of both middle school and high school Native students, along with their adult mentors and other volunteers. Its goals are to foster…


Student Assistants – Summer 2016

Student Intern, Morgan Paige IWRI was lucky to have Morgan Paige join the Ethics Training for Health in Indigenous Communities Study (ETHICS) as an intern for Summer 2016. Originally from Mercer Island, Washington, Morgan will be starting her senior year in the fall at the University of Southern California where she is majoring in Global…


My Journey on the Trail of Tears

“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”  Linda Hogan, 1947 (I have been told that my ancestors love me, they walk with me, and sacrifice for me. I never really understood…


Summer 2016’s Native Youth Enrichment Program

The Native Youth Enrichment Program (NYEP) completed another awesome summer program that wrapped up on August 19, 2016. Native youth from around the Seattle area came to the UW campus for four weeks of curriculum focused on “energy.” We were excited to welcome Ceni Myles as our lead teacher and were thrilled to have Damon…