On May 11th, Native American students at Oregon State University and their families gathered with friends and supporters to celebrate plans for the the university’s new Native American Cultural Center, which will begin construction next month.

The Oregon university’s current Native American Cultural Center has been housed in the campus’s Native American Longhouse, a Quonset hut just southwest of the Memorial Union that currently serves as a place of multicultural and inter-cultural education, providing a home for traditional singing, dancing, storytelling and ceremony on campus.

National Museum of the American Indian
image via Jones & Jones

The new center will be designed by noted Native American architect Johnpaul Jones and his Seattle-based architecture firm, Jones & Jones, who designed the critically acclaimed National Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

The project will be built to LEED Silver standards, with expected completion in early 2012.

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