A special dedication in memory of Peter A. Campbell was held at the Met in Spokane, Washington on Saturday, November 4. The program was entitled “Coyote and Friends.” The event’s major sponsors were Kaiser Aluminum and Verizon. NMAC [Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture] was the Cooperative Public Program sponsor. Contributors included the Alcoa Foundation, Northwest Alloys, Tomco Construction and Womer & Associates. “Coyote and Friends” was a special evening of music, dance, and storytelling by regional Tribal performers. The event was free to the public. There were a lot of people in attendance.
Peter A. Campbell was named the first director of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture’s Center for Plateau Cultural Studies on September 11, 2000. He had 25 years of experience in American Indian program administration. Prior to being named director for the Center, Campbell was an adjunct professor and counselor here at Eastern. He was also the university’s acting Director of American Indian Studies.
Campbell was born on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation in northern Idaho. He was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation who earned a bachelor’s degree from EWU. Mr. Campbell became the director and founder of the American Indian Community Center. In 1997, he was awarded the Peace and Friendship Award by the Washington State Historical Society. Mr. Campbell also worked as a consultant, mediator, and drug and alcohol counselor here at Eastern.
In addition to serving as an American Indian cultural consultant for various community organizations and businesses, Mr. Campbell’s past civic contributions include being a board member of the American Indian Community Center, working with the Spokane Community Action Program and the Cheney Cowles Museum, and being involved in Expo’74.
Mr. Campbell’s vision for the American Indian Community Center will continue. The center will be a central resource for gathering, documenting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating the cultural history and ongoing traditions of the various Indian tribes of the Plateau region of eastern Washington, northeastern Oregon, northern Idaho, western Montana, and southern portions of British Columbia and Alberta. The center will also work in collaboration with the cultural centers, programs, and leaders of the Plateau tribes so that all people may become actively engaged in life-long learning about the indigenous people of the Plateau.
Campbell will surely be missed by all of his friends, the faculty, staff, and students here at EWU.