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Elder in Residence

Join us in welcoming Jeanne Raymond to the Indigenous Peoples Institute.


Fridays -  10 am until 1 pm starting April 5, 2019 until end of Spring quarter - Xavier 160

Jeanne Raymond attended Western Washington College in the late 1960s, where she took classes from Vine Deloria and participated in the American Indian Student Union’s Right to Be Indian Conference. After college, she was recruited to join the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Washington while attending graduate school in Spanish.  She taught American Indian Studies courses at Seattle Central Community College.  Later, she served as President of the Parent Committee that co-founded Seattle’s American Indian Heritage High School, and worked for the High School as its Assistant Program Manager.

Historian James Gregory at the University of Washington created a Web project entitled Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, including a substantial section devoted to the experience of urban Indians in Seattle. The site features oral histories from activists Ramona Bennett, Willard Bill, Randy Lewis, Blair Paul, Jeanne Raymond, and Lawney Reyes.

Jeanne is a great listener and has some great stories to share.  Students, come spend some time with our resident elder and activist, Jeanne Raymond.

Jeanne sitting at a table with two native students in the IPI office with salish designed blanket in the background.

Jeanne visiting with a couple of Seattle U students.

Join DR Michel and John Sirois from Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) and Todd Mitchell from the Swinomish Tribe- April 25, 2019 2:00 - 3:15 pm   Bannon 401

Man facing camera with glasses and hatDR Michel

Upper Columbia United Tribes-Executive Director of a five inter-tribal organization with membership including the Colville Confederated Tribes, Coeur d’ Alene Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and Spokane Tribe. DR Represents the UCUT in regional fish and wildlife processes and forums.



Man with blue shirtsay'ay' – John Eli Sirois, Committee Coordinator, Upper Columbia United Tribes

John is Okanagan and Wenatchi of the Colville Confederated Tribes.  say’ay’ studied History at Dartmouth College, Public Administration from the University of Washington and traditional ways from his elders.  John and DR will share up to date information about environmental issues effecting the Columbia River tribes and salmon.Native man wearing glasses with hat on a fishing boatJoining DR and John will be Todd Mitchell.  Todd will be sharing issues effecting the Swinomish tribe in La Conner, WA.

Todd Mitchell, a Swinomish Tribal citizen, is a geologist and the Environmental Director of the Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection with the Swinomish Tribal Community.  Mr. Mitchell's research while employed by the Tribe for the last 19 years has been focused on the Tribe's water resources including tidelands, surface water, groundwater, wetlands, and salmon and wildlife habitat restoration research. He is also interested in traditional indigenous science and ways to teach it to tribal youth. He has a daughter in 9th grade and a son in 7th grade and a scientist wife who also works for the Tribe.


United by Water - Screening 4 pm Wyckoff Auditorium before Earth Month Video competition results.   The screening time for this documentary is 60 minutes.

people on shoreline of Columbia river with canoe