Mission Statement

As a public service center of Oregon State University, the Native American Longhouse exists to provide services and hospitality to students, faculty, staff, the college, and the surrounding community. The primary function of the Longhouse is to provide a gathering place for hosting cultural ceremonies, classes, conferences, lectures, performances, retreats and community events.

The Longhouse provides the opportunity to build a bridge of understanding between the regions' Tribes and visitors of all cultures. The Longhouse is a resource for non-Natives interested in the dynamics of cultural exchange and alternative learning styles. For learners from a Native background, the Longhouse provides a hospitable environment and a source of support honoring the cultures of the first people of this land, including Alaskan Natives & Hawaiian Natives.

The Longhouse serves as a place of multicultural and inter-cultural education. This is a place to exchange ideals and promote positive discourse for all groups. Native and non-Native people have access to information on Native cultures, traditions and the rich heritage of the Native peoples.

The Native American Longhouse is used as a teaching area for traditional singing, dancing, storytelling and ceremony.


The Native American Longhouse was established in 1971 but moved into its current location in 1972.

Community Expectations

The Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University is a community of people from diverse, racial, ethnic class backgrounds, national origins, religious, political beliefs and sexual orientation.

We are committed to learning about one another in an atmosphere of positive engagement and mutual respect. This commitment is central to our activities programs, classes, workshops, retreats, lectures,