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Office of Indian Education

June 2022

OIE Welcomes Brandon & Raina

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Welcome Brandon Culbertson


Heebee/Tous (Hello in Arapaho)

I am humbled to join the Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education as the Community Engagement Coordinator.

Within this role, I will be serving the nine federally recognized Tribes of Oregon via community-centered initiatives and several ESDs (educational service districts) within SEL (social, emotional learning) projects related to increased Native students' well-being.

I come from the Northern Arapaho Nation (WY) on my maternal side. I am of Lakota (Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of Fort Peck, MT), Oneida (WI) & Kainai (First Nations) descent on my paternal side. I grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, where I came to you as the previous Native Education Teacher on Special Assignment. Tana, my spouse, and I are the proud parents of two young children: Jaxon and Tule.

I am a proud alumnus of the Wind River Tribal College (AA Arapaho Studies), University of Oregon (BA: Anthropology: Archaeology/CRM), and am currently rounding out my education with an MS in Teaching and Learning from the University of Colorado Global.

I bring around 15 years of experience on and off-reservation working within Indian Education and tribally specific support services. I am honored to continue on that path within a unique and inspiring team.

Hohou (thank you),

Brandon Culbertson   

Raina Reece

Raina Reece joins the OIE Team

      I am very excited to join as the Executive Support Specialist for the Office of Indian Education. I myself, am a Citizen of the Yurok tribe and a descendant of the Karuk tribe based out of Northern California. I am a first generation graduate for both High school and College. In my primary years of schooling I have been a part of various Indian Education programs that have helped me succeed academically. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education from Western Oregon University. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to give back and support our Native families and community members.

Job Opportunities

NAYA has NEW Openings for Qualified Candidates

Chief Finance Officer

Housing Services Manager

Kitchen Manager

Homeownership Manager

Communications Manager 

Two Spirit Programming Advocate

Language Arts Teacher 

Youth Housing Advocate

Culture and Outreach Activities Specialist

Youth Advocate 

Youth Parent Support Specialist

Pathways to Adulthood ILP Specialist:

Community Reception Manager

Domestic Violence Advocate

**Please follow this link to see more positions available at NAYA.

ODE is Hiring for New Positions

The Oregon Department of Education has openings for qualified candidates. The Early Learning Division is hiring for the position of the Tribal Affairs Coordinator. There are several other positions currently available

In upcoming news, the Office of Indian Education will be hiring an Indian Education Specialist, whose primary duties will include administering the Tribal Attendance Promising Practices program; that announcement will be posted soon.

Elderberry Wisdom Farm Hiring for Two Educators

Elderberry Wisdom Farm is hiring two educators soon to participate in a five-year health and wellness research project for Native American youth in Salem, Oregon. Candidates can apply during May and June for two openings. Teaching certificates are not required as the educators will be co-teaching in the classroom with certified educators.

Congratulations Graduates of 2022

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We would like to extend a congratulations on behalf of the Office of Indian Education for all the 2022 Graduates! We recognize all of your hard work, dedication and sacrifice to be where you are today. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors! 

 - O.I.E.

Summer Activities

Summer Camp

  • CTCLUSI Summer School: This camp is for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. This camp is offered to Tribal enrolled students, ninth Grade students, step/foster/adopted children, and children of other federally recognized Tribes. Deadline for applications closes on June 16th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Konaway Nika Tillicum: An overnight camp for Native American students completing grades 7-12. This camp starts July 16-23 and is hosted at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. For more information on requirements, federal guidelines, services, or fees please visit SOU Youth Programs.
  • Summer Culture Camp: A four day camp and one-day field trip will be offered through Beaverton's school district starting June 27-30. If you are enrolled in Beaverton's school district Title IV AI/AN you could be eligible for free transportation, food, and a waved camp registration fee. For more information please visit Summer culture camp  or contact Gary Westley at (503) 356-3766

NAYA Family Center

  • Summer Camp Rise: This camp provides youth (2nd - 8th) grade and their families an outdoor place-based culture, education, wellness, and activities every day of the week from July through August. For more information please contact
  • Ninth Grade Counts: A yearlong program that starts with a summer camp for students to explore and learn about High school, college, and beyond. This program is a no cost hybrid summer camp for soon to be ninth graders. There are two opportunities for participation starting Monday July 11- Friday July, 22 with a deadline application of June 17th. The second camp will be held Monday August 1 - Friday, August 12, with a deadline application of July 22nd. For more information about this program please contact 

Summer Pow Wows 

You Matter

Kai Crume

Congrats to Kai Crume for being honored as one of the Peer Leader Award Winners for the 2022 Oregon Sources Showcase. This video won 1st place in the 2021 You Matter, to Klamath Youth Suicide Prevention Video Contest. To view this video please use this link: We Have Purpose

“Wrapping myself in exactly who I am and where I come from, grasping ahold of life-changing moments now and speaking good into existence to myself because it matters, you matter, and we matter.” - Kai Crume, We Have Purpose

Oregon Tribal Student Grant

Oregon Tribal School Grant: is now open for applications for the 2022-2023 school year. To be considered eligible you must be enrolled in one of the federally recognized tribes in Oregon and plan on attending an Oregon College. This Grant covers up to full tuition ad has a deadline of August 1st, 2022 at 5 p.m. For more information Please visit Oregon Tribal School Grant.

Oregon Tribal School Grant

Native American Connections

Visit the Native American Connections website to stay updated with the North Bend Community resources, available scholarships, community craft culture activities, TAPP, Tribal history/ Shared history and a variety of local services. 

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Filling Summer Tummies

The Coquille Indian Tribe partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Provide Tasty nourishing meals to all kids 18 years and under. This will be held at the Tribes Learning Center which operates Monday through Friday except holidays, throughout the Coos Bay School District. 

  • Breakfast Hours: 8:30 - 9:30a.m.
  • Lunch Hours 11:30 -12:30 p.m.

For more information please visit Filling Summer Tummies or contact Becky Cantrell at

Tribal History

Tribal History/Shared History

Lesson Plan: 

Questions about Tribal History/Shared History can be directed to Brent Spencer at

U of O Grow Your Own

OIE Virtual Office Hours June 15th, 1:30-2:00 p.m.

OIE will be holding our monthly Virtual Office Hours on June 15th, from 1:30-2:00. This time is available for anyone seeking information about OIE and our responsibilities.

Contact the Office of Indian Education

Please feel free to e-mail our staff members with any questions or comments you may have (please note our new e-mail addresses):

April Campbell, Director:

Renee Roman Nose, Native American Student Success Coordinator:

Brent Spencer, Indian Education Coordinator:

Brandon Culbertson, Indian Education Engagement Coordinator:

Natalie Altermatt, Executive Support Specialist:

Raina Reece, Executive Support Specialist: