EWU hosts grand opening for Snyamncut Hall | News
Students at Eastern Washington University moved into Snyamncut Hall a month ago, but on Tuesday the new residence hall hosted it’s official grand opening. Members of the Spokane Tribe were present at the grand opening to bless the new dorm named in their honor.
The dorm is named for the Spokane Tribe and an education wall on the first floor is making sure that every resident knows the significance of the dorm’s name and the heritage of the Spokane to the area. Snymancut is a Salish word meaning “gathering place”. The name was selected by the EWU community and Spokane Tribal Elders.
Members of the Spokane Tribe blessed the residence hall during Tuesday’s grand opening. Residents of Snyamncut present blankets to the Spokanes as a symbol of gratitude and recognition of the impact and history of the Spokane Tribes.
This is the first new resident dorm on the EWU campus in over 40 years. The project cost $25 million dollars, but higher room and boards fees for residents of Snyamncut is keeping tuition the same for the rest of the student body.