Sigbjørn Skåden, an award-winning Sámi poet and novelist from Norway
Sigbjørn Skåden (Sámi) reads from his novel Watch over the Sleeping One in his 2016 Bjug Harstad Memorial Lecture.
Two people hugging
Anti-DAPL activists, including Raymond L. Kingfisher (Northern Cheyenne), share with PLU community during the 2017 Learn from Standing Rock event.
Woman speaking into microphone
Poet and Professor Dian Million (Tanana Athabascan) speaks on “Genocide and Ecocide: Race and Specie in Our Time” in 2017.

Inclusion, Community and Variety

A wide variety of events, both on and off campus, play important roles in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program. Working with the Indigenous Peoples Club and with other university units, as well as with area communities and organizations, NAIS works to bring our students in contact with a wide variety of Indigenous thinkers, artists, community organizers and events, while also striving to build a sense of community for our students, faculty and staff.

Upcoming events will be announced here, and through our Facebook group: PLU Native American and Indigenous Studies.

2019 Svare-Toven Lecture: ``Beating around the Bush: Circumlocutions for Bear and Wolf in Sámi Legends and Beliefs``

April 9 – 7 PM, Xavier 201

The 2019 Svare-Toven Lecture will be given by Professor Harald Gaski (Sámi) of the Arctic University of Norway. He will be presenting “Beating around the Bush: Circumlocutions for Bear and Wolf in Sámi Legends and Beliefs” followed by a short time for questions. Light refreshments will be offered.

This event is sponsored by the departments of Language and Literatures and Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Dinner with IndigenoUs

April 24 – 7-8:30 PM, KHP Ness Family Lobby (2nd Floor)

The “Evening for IndigenoUs Dinner” is a space for students, faculty, and staff who are Indigenous and/or are affiliated in the Native American and Indigenous Studies program to meet and talk over dinner.

The dinner is April 24th from 7-8:30 PM in the Ness Family Chapel (2nd Floor of Katherine Hille Phillips). For any additional questions, please contact Dejan Perez at

To RSVP, please fill out this form. The form will close Wednesday, April 17, or whenever we reach capacity.

Seminar on Sex Trafficking within Indigenous Communities

April 30 – 5 PM, Scandinavian Cultural Center

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Claudia Lawrence from Seattle Against Slavery will be coming to speak on campus to spread awareness about the problem of sex trafficking that afflicts indigenous communities, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and other missing Natives: Men and gender fluid/Two Spirit Folks.

This event is sponsored by the Diversity Center, Native American Indigenous Studies (NAIS), Peer Advocacy and Community Education (PACE).

Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium

May 3 & 4 – University of Washington, Seattle 

The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Living Breath Symposium) is a two-day symposium that aims to brings people together to share knowledge on topics such as traditional foods, plants and medicines; environmental and food justice; food sovereignty; health and wellness; and treaty rights. More information and specific panelists can be found at their website:

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program would like to extend to provide the admission fee and transportation for students to attend. Please fill out this form by April 19th, 2019 to attend. This is a 2-Day event, but students may choose to attend only one day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dejan Perez at