Annual “Welcome to nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm Territory” to open Peninsula College’s Fall Studium Generale Series, Oct. 7

  • Thu Oct 7th, 2021 2:40pm
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Studium Generale will open its Fall Quarter series with the traditional Welcome Celebration, a partnership among the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and Peninsula College.

The event will begin with a welcome from Tribal partners who have collaborated to create this important annual event, and will be followed by a presentation on Tribal Sovereignty by Gina Steiner, Managing Attorney for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.

Steiner is an enrolled member of, and the Managing Attorney for, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe; she has served in this role since 2007. She oversees four in-house attorneys, one support staff member, and 4 contracts with external legal counsel; she is a part of the executive team which reports directly to the tribe’s elected officials; and she manages the tribe’s legal department budget. She has authored two chapters, one in each of the following: The Strong People and Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula—Who We Are.

Steiner notes that she thinks her most “significant accomplishment has been helping her tribe place approximately 500 acres in Trust Status with the Department of Interior.”

She served as a Board Member for Leadership Kitsap from 2017- 2021 and she shared that she is a “proud mom, grandmother, and member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam canoe family.”

Peninsula College recognizes and honors these traditional nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm lands. The first longhouse built on a community college campus, ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ, was named in the nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm language and is a gathering place to teach, learn, and share cultural traditions, knowledge, and identity. ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ is a place to acknowledge and respect our unique differences and diversity. This annual Welcome event was founded by Lola Moses of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in 2016, and in the past has featured language, culture, arts, and education.

The event is free and open to the public, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Join Zoom meeting at, Meeting ID: 820 2786 1421.