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Muwekma-Tah-Ruk exterior. Credit: Residential and Dining Enterprises

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Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, established in 1988, celebrates the diversity of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas and Pacific Islands. The name means “House of the People” in the language of the Muwekma Ohlone, the people whose ancestral lands Stanford University now occupies. Muwekma is the only four-class house on the Row, and the only Row house that is home to Resident Fellows. Muwekma is a small, close-knit, and welcoming community.

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Muwekma residents take a credit-bearing seminar to explore cultural identity, legal, historical, and societal issues that affect indigenous peoples through speakers, discussions, and events. Additional theme programming also addresses a range of indigenous cultures, histories, and current issues, and engages all students regardless of their backgrounds or familiarity with the theme. Residents also volunteer at the annual Stanford Powwow organized by the Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and Hui o Nā Moku’s annual marquee event. 

Muwekma works closely with the Native American Cultural Center, affiliated student groups, including SAIO, Hui o Nā Moku, the Alaska Native Student Organization, Diné Club, Marianas Club, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and Natives in Medicine, and the Stanford Indigenous Alumni Association to create opportunities for residents to engage with the greater Stanford indigenous community. The house is frequently a venue, co-sponsor, or organizer for indigenous community programming and events. Learn more about Muwekma via the Native American Community Center

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Neighborhood O: Florence Moore, 576 Alvarado, 675 Lomita, 680 Lomita, Muwekma, Story, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A

Resident Fellows

Photograph of Muwekma-Tah-Ruk Resident Fellows.

Constance Owl and Matthew Yellowtail share a deep love for the Stanford and the Native community on campus, having met on their very first day on campus as participants in the Stanford Native Immersion Program. They bring their experience of serving indigenous communities and enthusiasm for Native American Studies to their work as RFs in Muwekma.

Constance, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from Marble, North Carolina, is an Admission Counselor on the Diversity Outreach and External Relations team for the Office of Undergraduate Admission. In her role, she serves as a liaison for indigenous applicants and communities and territory manager for a 10-state region. In addition to her work in Admissions, Constance also serves as the lead alumni coordinator for the Native American Cultural Center’s Oral History Initiative and is a volunteer curator at the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries. She received her B.A. in Native American Studies with a minor in History from Stanford and holds a M.A. in American History with a concentration in Cherokee Studies from Western Carolina University. Constance is passionate about Cherokee language revitalization, cultural artisanship, indigenous history, and uplifting Native voices in higher education.

Matthew, a member of the Apsaalooke Nation from Wyola, Montana, currently works in the film and television industry as a freelance filmmaker and screenwriter. Matthew also graduated from Stanford with a B.A. Native American Studies and discovered his passion for storytelling while a student on campus. An active alumni in the Stanford Native community, Matthew currently leads the Native American Cultural Center’s 50th Anniversary Documentary Project serving as both Director and Lead Coordinator for the project. He also works as a support coordinator for the NACC’s Oral History Initiative. When he’s not exploring all things film, television, and Apsaalooke history, Matthew loves to spend his free time playing basketball, reading, and exploring the outdoors.  

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Muwekma-Tah-Ruk was established in 1988 to celebrate the diversity of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander peoples. 


 Orientation volunteers Leonardo Orsini and Gabi Saiz carry a box of belongings to Muwekma-Tah-Ruk. NSO 2016. Move-In Day. Credit:  Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service
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For more information about Muwekma-Tah-Ruk visit the Residential & Dining Enterprises website