Heritage University students work to create awareness of missing and murdered indigenous people, Yakima Herald-Republic, December 9, 2019

Steven Escalera points to photos from the Dec. 1 vigil at the Toppenish Community Center for missing and murdered indigenous people, displayed along with flyers about missing people / Tammy Ayer, Yakima Herald Republic

TOPPENISH — In making a class presentation on missing and murdered indigenous women on the Yakama reservation, Christen Hoptowit Rivera and two fellow Heritage University students wanted to raise awareness of the issue.

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Social Scene: El Grito de Independencia at Heritage University, Yakima Herald-Republic, September 19, 2018

Heritage University in Toppenish hosted an El Grito de Independencia celebration on Saturday, September 15th, 2018.  (Leann Jones / Contributed)

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Heritage University hosts festival for Mexican Independence Day, Yakima Herald-Republic, September 5, 2018

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Heritage University will host a cultural festival in honor of Mexican Independence Day next week.

The festival, called “El Grito de Independencia,” will commemorate what’s known as the “The Cry of Dolores,” when a Roman Catholic priest in the Mexican city of Dolores Hidalgo rang the bell of his church and gave the call to arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence in 1810.

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Heritage University receives $1.5M scholarship endowment for Native American students, KIMA-TV, September 5, 2018

TOPPENISH, Wa. — Heritage University is helping Native American students reach their educational goals with a $1.5 million scholarship endowment.

Ida Moses-Hypeer is a Senior at Heritage University and she is majoring in business with the help of several scholarships from the school.

“Blessing and also really helpful because, including myself, when you’re having these many scholarships all I want to think about right now is to learn,” said Moses-Hypeer.

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Heritage University reaches goal to create scholarship endowment for Native American students, KAPP-TV, August 29, 2018

TOPPENISH, Wash. – A $650,000 donation has allowed Heritage University to reach its goal of creating a $1.5 million endowment for Native American student scholarships.

courtesy KAPP-TV

They recently received the grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

It will be combined with matching funds from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation and other private donors, to create the endowment which supports scholarships for indigenous students studying business and entrepreneurship.

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Heritage University and PNWU collaborate to prepare students for health science careers, Yakima Herald-Republic, July 24, 2018

The sweet smell of strawberries lingered as students wearing white lab coats and rubber gloves carefully mashed the fruit inside small plastic bags.

Seated at long tables in the classroom at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences this month, the 10 young men and women from the Yakama Nation Tribal School and the Mt. Adams School District were performing an experiment as part of the inaugural Summer Program for Yakama Students.

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A student in the Summer Program for Yakama Students (SPYS) extracts DNA from strawberries as part of the program which prepares young people for careers in health science

Diversity outreach belongs on campus (editorial), Yakima Herald-Republic, July 15, 2018

Reaction from local universities to the Trump administration’s recent retraction of Obama-era “guidance” promoting diversity in the admissions process turned out to be something slightly more than a collective shoulder shrug but far less than an Edvard Munch “The Scream”-like freak out.

As it should be.

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Jumping the urban-rural divide through digital stories, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 11, 2018

Digital storytelling came to Walla Walla this summer, through a partnership between Whitman College and Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash.

Over a period of several weeks, nearly two dozen students — equal populations from both schools — worked together in a new, place-based storytelling project called Rural American Digital Lab, or RADLab, as it got nicknamed.

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Summer program for Yakama students, KAPP-TV, July 12, 2018

TOPPENISH, Wash. – Two local universities are working together in a unique five-week summer science program.

Heritage University and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences are working with the Mount Adams School District and the Yakama Nation Tribal School on a science program that is focusing on students living on the homelands of the Yakama Nation.

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Heritage students overcome much to succeed (editorial), Yakima Herald-Republic, July 13, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. — This newspaper recently published articles related to a lack of college success among our youth in the Yakima Valley. Experts have suggested that poverty, lack of higher education of parents and ignorance of opportunity contribute to this disparity. However, a significant number of students at Heritage University have surmounted these supposed barriers.

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