CHENEY, Wash. -- A new residence hall opened on Eastern Washington Univeristy's campus was named Snyamncut Hall (pronounced sen-yam-en-sut). The EWU board of trustees unanimously approved the residence hall name as a way to honor the legacy of the native Spokane people and to reinforce its active cultural influence in the area.
Snyamncut is the Spokane Salish word for "place of gathering," with a special connotation for it being a special place of emotional attachment. Salish is a shared language with different dialects used by several northwest tribal people, and Interior Salish is the native tongue of the Spokane Tribe.
The state-of-the-art hall opened this fall, and houses more than 350 students in double and triple rooms. Snyamncut Hall will serve as the hub of the residential district, providing study and social spaces along with high-tech amenities that integrate the living and academic environments.