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Indigenous Peoples Institute

Indigenous Peoples Institute

Mission Statement

The Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI) and its supporters affirm the sovereignty of Native American/Alaskan Native/First Nations/Urban Indian/Indigenous peoples and their communities through programming that amplifies Indigenous voices and concerns. We recognize the vital importance of Indigenous youth and elders in all our endeavors and the significance of creating spaces to celebrate and honor the cultural practices of all Indigenous peoples.

Student Outreach and Support

IPI affirms Native American/Alaskan Native/First Nations youth and students:

  • Quarterly opportunities to to interact with Native American/Alaskan Native/First Nations artists, writers, scholars, and elders
  • One-on-one mentorship opportunities with SU alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as community members beyond the campus
  • Relevant and timely programming that addresses strategies for college success

Campus and Community Outreach

IPI collaborates with the Center for Faculty Development to offer workshops for faculty who are interested in enhancing their understanding of Indigenous peoples and in learning more about best practices in working with Native American/Alaskan Native/First Nations students. IPI also collaborates with other members of the SU community to host events that raise awareness about working with or on behalf of Indigenous peoples and communities.

Andrew Morrison Mural - Summer 2016 

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Native American Alumni Brunch - June 10th 2017


Upcoming Events:

Native American Youth in the Arts Summer Camp

August 28th- September 1st 2017

This summer camp emphasizes the performing, visual, and literary art and is designed for Native American high school and college students (14-22). During this camp, all participants will travel to Ashland, Oregon to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's performance of Off the Rails. The trip also includes visits to colleges and universities and significant cultural sites. The price of the camp is $150, which includes transportation, lodging, and food, and there are scholarships avaliable for low-income youth and families. Spacing is limited. Parents who are interested in participating and/or if you have additional questions, please email  

Promised Land Screening 

October 14th 2017

"Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty."
After the screening of the movie, there will be time to have a Q&A with the film makers.  

Contact IPI:  or call 206 296 2235