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CWU Celebrates Student Support During National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions and accomplishments of Indigenous people.

Over the years, Central Washington University has received over $270,000 in grant support from various tribes, providing funding and support to countless Central students. 

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe tops the list, having granted CWU $162,750 since 2012. This money has been used for scholarship support, benefitting students like Jaren Wallulatum.

"This (scholarship) had a direct impact on my success and involvement in the classroom and with activities on campus,” said Wallulatum, who is anticipating graduating in 2021 with a double major in economics and public policy. “I am now able to focus more on my studies and not feel stressed over financial need.” 

Tulalip Tribes Education Division Higher Education Manager Greg Sheldon and Executive Director Jessica Bustad say that their ultimate goal is to ensure that all members have the tools they need for their success, and they hope for continued growth of individuals who choose to pursue higher education.

"The Tulalip Tribes have worked diligently in supporting students who wish to continue their education," said Greg and Jessica. "Tulalip wants to provide an opportunity for members to fulfill their goals of continuing their education or enhancing their skills through vocational training. The successes of our students set a leading example for our future generations."

While most of the tribal support comes from Washington, Central has also received support from tribes in Alaska, Oregon, and Oklahoma, with the majority of the money going directly to student support.

We thank the following tribes that have shown support to CWU:

Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Lummi Nation

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe 

Navajo Nation

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Quinault Indian Nation

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Suquamish Indian Tribe

Tulalip Tribes

Wichita & Affiliated Tribes

November 2020

Media contact: Traci Goff, Director of Foundation Relations, 509-963-2163,

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