Xwayamamí Ishích (Eagle's Nest) was founded to create opportunities for growth in our Native community. Traditional practices are still vibrant among some community members. However, compared to the population of people who practiced traditional ways in the past, the need to revitalize these practices is imperative for future generations. Today, we observe incredible resilience in our people every day and a desire in our youth to learn traditional ways.
Our mission is to: encourage, empower, and inspire youth and families to heal and become healthy people physically, emotionally, and spiritually by becoming part of culture and language preservation, education, and experiences which are positive.
The primary programmatic focus of Xwayamamí Ishích is to strengthen our local Native community by providing drug and alcohol free experiences that preserve, protect, and promote Native traditional culture, language, and land resources. Xwayamamí Ishích brings together strong and diverse community members which include youth, parents, elders, and professionals who believe in our mission. As a result, a cohesive community is formed which creates a support system for all who are involved.
Jessica Sutterlict - President & Co-Founder
Greg Sutterlict - Vice President and Co-Founder
Lavette Holman - Treasurer
Heather Simmons-Rigdon - Secretary
* Winona Wynn (Assinboine/ Ft. Peck Sioux) - PhD, Associate Professor at Heritage University
* Michelle Jacobs (Yakama) - PhD, American Ethnic Studies Professor
* Polly Olsen (Yakama) - BA, University of Washington Indigenous Wellness Institute
* Elise Washines (Yakama), PhD Candidate, University of Oregon
* Haver Jim (Yakama), Student, Heritage University
* Virginia Beavert (Yakama) - Elder
* Laurie Houseman-Whitehawk (Winnebago/Santee) - Native Artist
* Roger Jacobs (Yakama) - MS, Yakama Language Specialist
* Steve Rigdon (Yakama) - PhD candidate Bio-Energy
Read our 2010 Annual Report!