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Na-ha-shnee STEAM Summer Institute


This program will be a distance learning experience for high school participants. The program is designed for students interested in the health sciences and/or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) fields and have completed grades 9-12 at the end of this school year.

This Institute will focus on health sciences and STEAM careers available, as well as research and learning opportunities within these fields. We will provide a hands-on learning experiences four hours each weekday through a cellular-enabled tablet. We will send participants the cellular enabled tablet, along with experiment kits, materials and other supplies, such as culturally based art projects to do in your home.

You will learn from faculty and professionals across several health occupations and receive cultural instruction from tribal elders. All expenses are paid for and students who participate for the full five weeks will be able to keep their tablet and receive a $200 stipend!

Registration for the 2021 Na-ha-shnee STEAM Summer Institute is now closed.


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
  • 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.