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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of the Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws.


The Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws (previously called the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws) represents the indigenous people of the Americas and Pacific Islands. The Ina Haws was created out of collective activist efforts of the Native students and the Black Student Union at OSU during the late 1960s. In 1971, the Ina Haws was established and became the first cultural resource center at OSU. It was also the first Native American center on a college campus in Oregon. Starting in 1973, it was housed in a World War II Quonset hut located just north of the current building.

The new facility opened in 2013 when the Ina Haws officially added “Eena Haws” to its name, which means “beaver house” in Chinuk Wawa. The name Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws is a combination of chinuk wawa/jargon and Polynesian languages: Kaku-Ixt means “unified” in chinuk wawa/jargon; Mana means “internal power/strength” in several Polynesian languages; and Ina Haws means “beaver house” in chinuk wawa/jargon. This was the first of four OSU cultural resource centers to construct new buildings custom-designed for each group. The initiative got off the ground with a gift from the late Portland philanthropist Joyce Collin Furman, ’65.

General Information


311 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331


Jones & Jones

Year Built




Square Footage



Cultural center

Previous Name(s)

Native American Longhouse


A combination of Chinuk wawa/jargon and Polynesian languages

Historic District





Facilities Services Records, 1888-2003. Series XX:  Campus, Farm, and Property Maps, 1899-1990. Campus and Farm Maps: 3-A

Oregon State University Campus Maps, 1894-1994


Oregon State University Historical Photographs, 1868-1980

Further Archival Information

SCARC: SCARC's holdings include audio/visual materials, personal papers, oral histories, photographs and university records documenting the history of the original Native American Longhouse, and personal papers and oral histories documenting the new Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws.

Oregon Digital: Includes photographic and textual materials documenting the history of the Native American Longhouse, and the new Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws.