Welcome to the kaku-ixt mana ina haws & Statement of Purpose

The kaku-ixt mana ina haws (ina haws) represents the Indigenous people of the Americas and Pacific Islands. We strive to deconstruct colonial borders’ impact on Indigenous identities while also honoring the sovereignty of Tribes. While protecting and preserving the rights of Indigenous people, we provide a sense of home/community for Indigenous students that helps preserve their Indigenous identities while in college. The ina haws provides a source of support honoring the cultures of the first people of these lands and waters. We also provide educational opportunities to educate all about the regions Tribes.

The ina haws prides itself in being a brave space that Indigenous students can be in community and express their culture. Events are held fall, winter, and spring terms that highlight Indigenous history, culture, and current issues that also help give the broader campus community more understanding about Indigenous people. We always recognize and give thanks to the Kalapuya people whose land OSU resides.

If you would like to learn more about the space, we invite you to stop by anytime. You can also learn more about the (NAL) history in the Multicultural Archives in the Valley Library. We also invite you to follow us on social media and/or sign up for our listserv to be kept up to date with us.

We welcome everyone to join us – even from a distance. If you would like to be connected to our resources from afar, please let us know, and we will work to include you in our efforts.

Pronunciation Guide

kaku-ixt: Kah-goo EE-hxt (the x makes more of an h sound)

mana: Mah-nuh

ina: EE-nuh

haws: house


Recognition: thank you to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Language Program for their help with this pronunciation guide!

ina haws Staff

  • Agléška Cohen-Rencountre - Center Director
  • Maia - Leadership Liaison
  • Cloe - Leadership Liaison
  • Eli - Graphic Designer
  • Abby - Communications Representative
  • Eliza   - Community Relations Representative
  • TT - Community Relations Representative
  • Froilan - Community Relations Representative
  • Tanner - Community Relations Representative
  • Matthew - Community Relations Representative
  • Tiegan - Community Relations Representative

Our History

The Native American Longhouse was the name of the original Indigenous-based center on campus. It was a re-purposed WWII Quonset Hut that served students from Fall 1973 until Fall 2013. The center itself was a direct result of the collective efforts of the Native American Student Association, the Chicano Student Union, and the Black Student Union that established a shared Culture Center that opened Spring 1973. The Native American Longhouse was the first standalone center that branched out of the shared Culture Center.

The Eena Haws was opened Winter 2013 in a newly built Indigenous-based center on campus that continues to serve students today. The new center was a response to decades of student and staff advocacy to build a new center and university capital campaign fundraising. The name Eena Haws was chosen to reference being a space welcome to all students, hence the translation “beaver house.” The original center’s name was carried forward and a combination name was used: Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

The new name

kaku-ixt mana ina haws is a combination of chinuk wawa/jargon and Polynesian languages.

  • kaku-ixt means “unified” in chinuk wawa/jargon
  • mana means “internal power/strength” in several Polynesian languages
  • ina haws means “beaver house” in chinuk wawa/jargon

We hope you join us in celebrating the “unified strength of the Beaver House” through this new name!

This IS Kalapuyan Land Project

This IS Kalapuyan Land opened in 2019 as a physical museum exhibition by Guest Curator Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) and became an online exhibition in 2020. Fogel annotated panels from the museum’s prior exhibit on Kalapuyan peoples, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition, and added historical content from David G. Lewis, PhD (Chinook, Santiam, Takelma, Grand Ronde). The exhibition prompts critical thinking around representation of Indigenous history and identity in non-Indigenous institutions.

[Description courtesy of Five Oaks Museum]

For more information on the "This IS Kalapuyan Land" Project, please visit the following page.

This project is also on display on the second floor of the Valley Library! For more information, please visit the following page.

Our Resources

Our space and resources we offer are open to all students, faculty, staff, and OSU community.

Fully-equipped kitchen
TV & video games
Study space
Spiritual Room
Library of books on Indigenous topics
Gender-inclusive bathrooms

Contact Information

kaku-ixt mana ina haws
311 SW 26th St.
Corvallis, OR 97331

Phone: (541) 737 – 2738

Email: [email protected]


Spring 2024 Hours
  • Mondays through Fridays: 10:00 - 7:00