Welcome to Haliehana Stepetin's Personal Fundraising Page!


I am involved in the First Nations UW Powwow because it gives me a piece of home and community in a place so far removed from my own remote home in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

I am brand new to Seattle, Washington, and the University of Washington in general. Being born and raised in a traditional Unangax manner in the remote Aleutian Islands of Alaska, the transition to a big city was difficult for me. The transition to being a graduate student in that new place where I did not have community was also difficult for me! However, I found the First Nations Club and that is where I found my community. I felt at home and welcomed by fellow Native and Indigenous students who also experience feelings of removal from their homelands, their families, and their communities in our pursuit of higher education. In our differences, we come together and share the one thing we do have in common: our indigeneity and our need for one another. Through Powwow, we get to cultivate our community and commonalities across difference while celebrating our unique cultures as Indigenous peoples that we all have in common: our song, dance, food, and art. 

We invite you to contribute to this celebration and enjoy the community that you too can be a part of in the UW Powwow.


Raised of $4,000 goal.






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This campaign ended on Monday, Apr. 3, 2017


Powwow Purpose

The purpose of the Annual FN@UW Spring Powwow is to preserve the customs and traditions of the University of Washington Native American community and to promote cultural education and diversity on campus. FN@UW believes in creating a safe space for community gathering and cultural celebration. Our student group hosts the largest student- run event on campus, attracting thousands of both Native and non-Native community members.


Student Life

FN@UW is ran by both undergraduate andgraduate students of Native and Non-Native descent. We hold weekly meetings for Native students to socialize, eat food, and plan events. FN@UW often partners up with other Native organizations on campus for field trips and cultural educational activities. Our goal is to create a comfortable space for students and staff to bond, and offer cultural activities.


Operating the Annual Powwow requires expansive manpower to organize and over $60,000 in financial support. Your generous donation will be used for the purchase of honorariums for the head staff involved in the event, venue expenses, and ancillary expenses related to promotion or the event. We would greatly appreciate your support.

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Uba Backonja

Gave $75.00

Rachel Kopel

Gave $25.00

Edward Lim

Gave $100.00

Cassandra Espinosa-Julian

Gave $95.86

Shelly Vendiola

Gave $25.00

Marcia Rutan

Gave $25.00

3 supporters have chosen not to be listed for "UW First Nations: The 46th Annual Spring Powwow".

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The main event will surely be busy! This gift amount will go towards operating the main floor for powwow.

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Frybread, drinks, and chips. Don't those sound delightful? This gift amount will go towards operating and supplying the concessions stands.

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Salmon Sponsor

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This gift amount will go towards renting out the Alaska Airline Arena and operating the facility.