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Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute

Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute

The Na-ha-shnee summer institute is a 12-day free summer camp for Native American and Alaska Native students currently in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades. The camp is co-sponsored by WSU Health Sciences Spokane and EWU Area Health Education Center.

The 2020 Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute is now combined with the STEAM Health Summer Institute


na-ha-shnee.featureAbout Naha-shnee: Since 1995, Native American high school students representing various tribes from the Northwest have been given the chance to participate in Na-ha-shnee, a two-week summer camp at Washington State University Spokane. The program encourages youth to try out a career in the health sciences by providing hands-on learning experiences taught by health care providers, faculty at WSU Spokane and health sciences college students.

Students engage with life on campus at WSU Spokane, stay in a dormitory at Gonzaga University, gain exposure to health care professions, and participate in health care courses trainings. The courses cover a range of subjects from basic science, leadership, to Native American education. Other topics/skills training include:

  • First aid and CPR training
  • Basic nursing skills
  • Traditional medicine
  • Native American elder teachings
  • Substance abuse and education
  • Sex education
  • Diabetes education
  • Leadership skill building

Institute Sponsors

Each year the summer institute is made possible by the generous contributions of its sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Eastern Washington University, Lummi Nation, Muckleshoot Casino, David and Dorothy Pierce Trust, Port Gamble S’Klammam Tribe, Snoqualmie Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, STCU, Wells Fargo, as well as the Trude E. Smith funds.