By Jyl Wheaton-Abraham
On May 17, 2013 the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws of Oregon State University celebrated its official Grand Opening. Hundreds of people, including Tribal government leaders, University administrators, faculty, staff, community members and students both past and present were in attendance. Among them was University President Edward Ray, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dr. Larry Roper, and Director of Intercultural Student Services Allison Davis White-Eyes; all of whom gave wonderful speeches about how much the new building means to them, and to the entire OSU community. Highlighted within these speeches were the stories of the many students and faculty who came together, worked tirelessly and fought diligently to ensure the construction of this new building. As they remembered the sweat, tears and long hours that went in to this building they were met with the warm smiles of hope and accomplishment by those in attendance who had worked on the project since 2009.