Welcome to the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws!

The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws (NAL) represents the Indigenous people of the Americas and Pacific Islands.


Brief History

The NAL Eena Haws was formed out of collaborative activism between the Native students of OSU and the Black Student Union. It was established in 1971 and then housed in a WWII Quonset hut in 1972. The NAL was the first cultural resource center to be established at OSU and the first Native center established on a college campus in Oregon. January 2013, the NAL was renamed to include “Eena Haws”, which means “Beaver House” in chinuk wawa, and moved to its current location.

Fun Facts

  • The totem pole that was carved by Haida artist Clarence Mills and donated by Jim Whyte is part of the foundation of the building.
  • Chinuk wawa was the trade language of this region of Oregon and SW Washington. It is a combination of 55% Old Chinook, 7% Nuu-chaa-nulth, 10% English, 10% French, and 18% other languages (including Hawaiian).
  • The NAL houses what we call a “sacred space” that was designed for students and community to have a designated space to smudge in private on campus.