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Neighborhood O: Florence Moore, 576 Alvarado, 675 Lomita, 680 Lomita, Muwekma, Storey, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A Duan Family Hall


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.

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.

Muwekma-Tah-Ruk House

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Theme Requirements

  1. Complete House Seminar for 1 unit credit during fall or winter quarter. 
  2. Volunteer a minimum of 2 hours at Stanford Powwow in May. 
  3. Help build the Muwekma community by attending dorm events and house meetings. 
  4. Attend 1 NACC event per quarter. 
  5. Participate in one service-learning project of your choice in collaboration with Muwekma ETAs. Anticipated time commitment will not exceed 8 hours per quarter.

For more information about Muwekma-tah-Ruk visit the Residential & Dining Enterprises website

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