January 22nd is Treaty Day

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On Jan. 22, 1855, a hundred and sixty-seven years ago, the United States of America entered into a solemn agreement with the Lummi Nation. This solemn agreement, this treaty, is known as the Point Elliott Treaty

Understand the importance of Treaty Day

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Quarter long Laptop Check-out Available

Access SMATE by Appointment only this Winter

  • For General Info, computers, calculators, materials, or equipment checkout - please call 360.650.7680 to schedule an appointment during operating hours:  M - Th 9-11am, 1-4pm; F 9-12pm
  • Advising and program questions, please contact Lori Torres @ torresl@wwu.edu or 360.650.7605


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