October 3, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 24

New Eastern Washington residence hall name honors Spokane Tribe of Indians

Working in consultation with elders from the Spokane Tribe’s Language/Culture Program, Eastern Washington University’s newly opened residence hall has been named Snyamncut Hall (sen-yam-en-sut). The EWU board of trustees unanimously approved the residence hall name as a way to honor the legacy of the native Spokane people and to reinforce its active cultural influence in the area.

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Snyamncut is the Spokane Salish word for place of gathering, with the connotation of it being a special place of emotional attachment – a place of the heart. Salish is a shared language with different diale...

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