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Office of Indian Education

May 2023

OIE Virtual Office Hours May 17th, 3:30-4:00p.m.

OIE will be holding NEW office hours for the month of May and June at Starting May 17th from 3:30 - 4:00. This time is available for anyone seeking information about OIE and our responsibilities. We hope to see you there! Virtual Office Hours.

Tribal Regalia at Public School Ceremonies

High school graduation is a time of excitement and a time to honor the accomplishments of
students, families, and our communities. The passing of the Tribal Regalia bill (House Bill 2052) extends this celebration by honoring the hard work and achievements of our American Indian / Alaska Native students, honoring culturally inclusive ceremonies, and reflecting and acknowledging the diversity of our students and families. The Oregon Department of Education is committed to fostering district government-to-government relationships with the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. We have heard from tribal partners and other American Indian students and families how meaningful it is to wear cultural items during graduation ceremonies as a means of honoring their tribe, their community, and their heritage. To learn more about  please visit: 2023 Tribal Regalia at Public School Ceremonies 

To learn more about the Nine Federally recognized tribes of Oregon Please visit our home page: Office of Indian Education 

Events & Activities

  • Bend, OR: On May 6th from 10 am - 2:30 pm the High desert Museum in Bend will be hosting FREE event for Indigenous Art Day. Artists from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will share their artwork and demonstrate basket weaving, cornhusk weaving and other techniques. You will have a chance to learn about how artists today are continuing these important traditions and how you can support their work. For more information please visit: Indigenous Art Day in Bend 2023
  • Portland, OR: Join us for the Portland Art Museum's Upcoming FREE Days on May 20th. Stop by for Free Admission! Or bring your students K-12 class visits are always free. Create an online group reservation here. Exhibitions currently on view include: Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe and They come from Fire, a site-responsive installation by artist Jeffery Gibson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent).
  • Medford, OR: Drumming and Regalia Workshops will be hosted on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. 101 N Grape St. Medford OR 97501. To RSVP for this event please contact Teresa Cisneros at
  • Florence, OR: The Annual Rhododendron Festival takes place every year during the 3rd week of May (18th-21st) in Florence Oregon. An Amusement carnival opens mid-week, and then the weekend kicks off on Friday (18th) with live music and dancing. The festival includes a wide variety of fun and events throughout the weekend including parades, flower show spotlighting specimen rhododendrons grown by costal inhabitants, car shows, arts & crafts fair, 5K run, carnival and much more! For more information on this event please visit: Annual Rhododendron Festival 2023
  • Portland, OR: Enjoy Entertainment, Food and Rides on the Portland Waterfront!
    The Rose Festival’s waterfront activities all take place at beautiful Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in downtown Portland. At Rose Festival CityFair, you'll find your favorite fair features - carnival rides, fair foods, interactive exhibits, and constant entertainment - all nestled between the urban energy of the city and the natural beauty of the Willamette River May 26-29, 2023 Memorial Day Weekend Brings 4 Days of FunOpening Night Fireworks presented by Xfinity (May 26) Ukulele Jam & Sing Along (May 28) Kids, Clowns & Characters (May 29) For More information please visit: Rose City Waterfront Festival
  • Ashland, OR: After a two year hiatus, A Taste of Ashland is now celebrating its 32nd year Gallery Association's signature fund-raising event on May 20-21st from 2- 8 pm. Enjoy this annual walking tour of Ashland galleries paired with local restaurants and regional wineries, Ashland's most delicious art experience. For more information please visit: A taste of Ashland 2023
  • Klamath, OR: Circus on Ice will be held on May 2nd from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. The great Circus on ice invites you to this frozen adventure with all of your favorite characters and amazing circus acts. Enjoy along with your family the performances of our jugglers, equilibrist, clowns and sensational ice-skaters. Tickets start at $15. For more information please visit: Circus on Ice 2023
  • Portland, OR: The Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) presents the 36th annual Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 5th, 6th & 7th, 2022, at the beautiful Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon. Portland’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is the largest multicultural festival in the state of Oregon. This bilingual event will be open between 11 am and 11 pm daily with special attractions and featured performances each day. For more information please visit: Portland's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 
  • Salem, OR: Join us on May 6th from 10- 4pm for an exciting day of woolly wonder at the 37th Annual Sheep to Shawl event! There will be live animal and shearing demonstrations, Living history games, Lawn games and Children activities, Live entertainment, food and Drink. This is a FREE event, donations are appreciated! For more information please visit: Sheep to Shawl Saturday
  • Eugene, OR: Join Eugene for their Scottish Festival May 27th from 10am - 5pm. This annual event has bagpipes, harps & championship fiddling. County dancers, clans, Scottish Heritage Museum & Children's area, Scottish food & vendors. It is a family event an no alcohol is served. There will be games for children including a bouncy hours, a Scottish museum, Scottish foods and a dog parade. For more information please visit: Eugene Scottish Festival 2023
  • Salem, OR: Bush Barn Art Center & Annex in Salem are hosting the Salem Art Association (SAA) is hosting an Educator Night for K-12 teachers and principals to learn more about SAA programs, chat with other teachers, enjoy some light refreshments, and take time to enjoy some art!  This event start Tuesday, May 16th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. For more information please visit: Bush Barn Art Center 

Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day May 4th 2023

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For generations, Indigenous persons, including American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, have been forced to mourn a missing or murdered loved one without the answers and support they deserve.  On Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, we remember these victims and their families, and commit to working with Tribal Nations and Native communities to achieve justice and healing. To help support recognition on this day wear red, host a candlelight vigil in your community or gather a prayer circle. To learn more start by visiting the 2022 White House Proclamation on Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. 

U of O Youth Movement

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The event will occur on Friday, May 19, 2023, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. This event is for 6th-8th grade students. We will start our day at Papé Field and end at the Moshofsky Center, north of the University of Oregon campus. 

The Youth Movement’s goal for this event is to bring together Native American youth from middle schools across the Pacific Northwest to celebrate the power of community and culture. We believe that when one generation realizes their potential, future generations are much stronger for it. The Youth Movement’s field day serves as a day for Native youth to realize their potential as athletes, students, and community leaders. This day will consist of fun-filled activities that empower our youth to build new friendships through sports and cultural activities! 

The field day includes team sports, traditional Native games, motivational guest speakers, workshops, University of Oregon student-athlete volunteers, networking opportunities with the University of Oregon Native American Student Union, and much more! In addition, all participants will receive a free t-shirt, free lunch, and raffle prizes at the event.

 If you want to see what the field day might look like, please take a look at our video from the 2019 Youth Movement event. 

For More information please visit U of O Youth Movement or Contact Nellie Sears at:

OLA Conference


This past month we had representatives from our office present and attend the Oregon Library Association Conference in Bend, OR. All Oregonians can benefit from understanding the vast diversity of the Oregon Native American experience. K-12 schools statewide are implementing the new Tribal History/Shared History curriculum that offers historically accurate, culturally embedded, contemporary, and place-based curricula developed in partnership with the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. How can your programs and materials align with and support this effort? Join your peers to learn how libraries can partner with, better serve, and celebrate Indigenous people and cultures. Topics covered included an overview of the new curriculum and available resources; how to approach culturally responsive collection development for public and school libraries; and how to provide informal education opportunities that support authentic Indigenous voices and welcome all community members to gain a deeper understanding of our shared history.  Attendees had the opportunity for a sneak preview of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s new traveling exhibit, Native Innovation, which will tour Oregon’s libraries beginning later this year. Session included in-person and virtual and was also recorded for future viewing opportunity. Thank you to all who attend and to our presenters, Brent Spencer and Jennifer Belle for making the trip and compiling our book list of Native Authors which can be found on our Resources Webpage.

2023 Coos County Compassion Award

Michelle Brix Compassion Award

Recently Michelle Brix, the TAPP Family Advocate for the North Bend School District, was honored by Bay Area Hospital at their annual banquet with the "Compassion Award" for her dedication to the protection of children in Coos County. In the letter of praise written about Michelle, kids' HOPE center stated, “Our Child Abuse Center could not serve the children and families without exceptional community partner support from such members as; Michelle Brix, the Attendance Advocate from the North Bend school district. One may think, based on the title, that this individual solely monitors the attendance of the children who have school attendance disparities. However, this “Bulldog” of an advocate, not only supports children’s access to attend school but, address the whole families need for community resource supports. Michelle transcends her job duties by using her own time and resources to help each family she comes in contact with. Michelle truly observes the needs of the community members she serves, and finds the supports that best fit each family she encounters.”

Please join us in celebrating in Michelle’s accomplishments and for all she does for her school, district, and greater community!

2023 Miss Indian World

Miss Indian Worlds

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow said goodbye to the former Miss Indian World and welcomed in the new 2023-24 Miss Indian World, Tori McConnell. McConnell of the Yurok and Karuk tribes in Northwestern California is the 2023-24 Miss Indian World from Eureka, California. She is an alumna of the University of California-Davis, where she earned a bachelor’s in Native American studies. Leading up to crowning day, the 25 Miss Indian World pageant contestants competed in four competition categories: traditional talent, public speaking, personal interview, and dance. To watch her Interview please visit: 2023 Miss Indian World 

Congratulations Tori!

May Symposiums, Conferences, Summits, Tradeshows & Conventions

2023 THRIVE Youth Conference

This annual conference is for Native youth ages 13-19. The conference brings youth together to learn about health promotion and disease prevention skills with a strong focus on suicide prevention and mental health. Youth spend the majority of the THRIVE Conference in their workshop. There are three workshop tracks that youth can choose from, plus one additional workshop that is by invitation only. Visit our website to learn more about the 2023 THRIVE Youth Conference

Join the NPAHIB Youth Delegate Program

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s (NPAIHB) Youth Delegates are a group of Native youth (ages 15-24) who represent the tribes in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. They collaborate to share their voice on health programs and policies, and learn more about health and wellness careers. Youth Delegates serve a 1-year term, and are the official youth policy-making body for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and its member tribes. Participants meet several times throughout the year – once in-person at a NPAIHB Quarterly Board Meeting (3 days) and during monthly virtual meetings. The application is open for new and returning applicants and closes May 30, 2023.

REL Southwest Webinar May 9th 3:00- 4:30pm

This webinar will highlight an educator evaluation system for the Santa Fe Indian School, specifically aligned to the context of the New Mexico tribes and pueblos served by the school, developed by educators at the school and Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest. REL Southwest’s Janice Keizer and Santa Fe Indian School’s Dr. Anya Dozier Enos (Santa Clara Pueblo) will discuss the motivation for and development of the evaluation system, including key considerations and a roadmap of the major steps of the project. The event also will feature a panel with Dr. Glenabah Martinez (Taos Pueblo/Diné), Dr. Timothy Begaye (Diné), and Dr. Mark Ericson. The panelists will discuss preparing preservice teachers for culturally responsive teaching, the importance of ongoing professional development for educators, and implementing the culturally responsive educator growth and evaluation system. For more information please visit: REL Southwest Webinar

Host Youth Interns this Summer 

The NPAIHB is committed to supporting Native youth interested in pursuing Public Health professions. Consider hosting, mentoring, or supervising student interns this summer. Youth and Site Stipends: Selected sites will receive $2,500-$5,000 to cover student stipends, the time/effort of mentors, and any other expenses associated with the internship. (Depending on the number of participating sites/students).

Scope of Work: Host sites will provide 1 or more students with hands-on training in public health careers, health promotion strategies, research and evaluation methods, or community-based participatory research.

Number of Awards Available: 3-6 sites will be selected

Internship Dates: June-August 2023

Eligible Internship Sites: Middle Schools, High Schools, or Colleges; Tribal health and wellness programs; IHS, Tribal or Urban Indian Clinics (I/T/U); Indian Health Boards and Tribal Epidemiology Centers; and other clinics serving AI/ANs - in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho. Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

NW NARCH Public Research Academy for H.S Students 

This summer, the NPAIHB is launching a new year-long Research Academy for Native high school students that will introduce them to public health and conclude with a youth-driven community project. The program includes an in-person kick-off week in Portland, OR in June (during the THRIVE Youth Conference) and 6-8 virtual learning sessions with guest speakers during the 2023-24 school year. We are recruiting four educators who will mentor 2-4 students in their community. Selected site/mentors will receive $5,000 to cover the time and effort of mentors, and any other expenses associated with the project. Students will receive $2,000 to cover their learning and research-related expenses during their experience, as well as a certificate of completion.

30 Master's Scholarships & Resources for Native American and Alaskan Native Students

Only 17% of Native American and Alaskan students enroll in college after high school, and less than 5% of indigenous adults earn master’s degrees. In fact, Native American and Alaskan students are the most underrepresented group in postsecondary and graduate education often simply because they lack the necessary academic and financial resources. This guide details 30 scholarships specifically for Native American and Alaskan graduate students along with resources focused on academic and career success. It also gives tips for standing out on your scholarship application. Keep reading to learn about the many resources available to you as a Native American or Alaskan hoping to earn a master’s degree. Follow the link to visit: 30 Graduate Scholarships you can apply for now

2023 Salmon Run

Join Klamath in their Annual Salmon Run May 18th- 21st. This is a spiritual run and prayer for the restoration of the Klamath watershed, inclusive of indigenous lies, in unity with all of the peoples of the Klamath Basin. For More information contact Annelia Hillman at or visit: 2023 Salmon Run 

2023 Salmon Run

Home Flight Scholars Program at U of O

Home flight program

The New UO program supports long-term success of Native American students residing in Oregon. The Home Flight Scholars program is available immediately to current enrolled eligible undergraduate students and includes financial aid and address retention, graduation and professional development of students. Through a combination of federal, state and institutional grants, the Home Flight Scholars Program will cover full tuition and fee costs, create a new academic advisor position, enhance mentorship opportunities and develop a culture-rich program for new students to help them launch successful academic careers. For more information about this program please visit: UO Home Flight Scholars Program 

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Hospitality Scholarship

At the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), education is the very heartbeat of our work. That includes developing a sustainable hospitality industry by helping educate future tourism leaders. AIANTA strongly encourages Indigenous students to sustain and strengthen their cultural legacy, while also building their careers in the tourism industry. AIANTA is proud to offer the Tourism & Hospitality Scholarship, which provides American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance towards a degree or certificate in hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts, museum studies or related fields. Each year, AIANTA awards five individuals who have met all scholarship application criteria.  

March Newsletter

Thank you for your Participation

ODE Complaints and Appeals Process

Thank you for your attendance at ODE’s listening session on how to improve the ODE Complaints and Appeals Process to make it more user-friendly for our Native students, families, and the various partners and individuals who serve them! One piece of feedback from participants in the meetings was to make the information on “when” and “how” to file an official complaint with ODE very clear in our newsletter. We hope the information below helps empower your voice!

When to file a complaint with ODE –

If you have formerly filed a complaint with your school district involving any of the matters below:

  • Division 22 - Division 22 standards are educational standards that either the Oregon legislature or the State Board of Education has determined are necessary. They are codified in Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 581, Division 22.
  • Discrimination - Discrimination occurs when a person is treated differently, whether intentionally or unintentionally, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, or disability
  • Restraint and Seclusion - Restraint occurs when a person restricts a student’s movement by holding the student or applying physical pressure upon the student. Seclusion occurs when a student is involuntarily confined in a room without access to staff and is prevented from leaving the room.
  • Retaliation - Retaliation occurs when a person makes a decision that adversely affects a student because the student reported evidence that the student believed to be a violation of law.
  • Religious Entanglement - Under Oregon law, a public school may not financially support or be actively involved with religious activity.

and you feel the matter has not been addressed or resolved, you can file a complaint via a quick electronic form with ODE.

If you submitted a complaint informally, either verbally (spoke to school official, etc) or in writing (letter, email, etc), NOT following your district’s formal complaint process, then the district:

  • Must let you know about how to formally file your complaint. You must then file a formal complaint following this information being shared with you by the district.
  • If, upon sharing your complaint informally, either verbally or in writing, and the district did not tell you about their formal complaint process AND has not acted on your complaint, you may file a complaint with ODE and they will determine next steps with you.

Here is the link to the ODE Complaint form -

Veterans Coffee Club

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Join the Veterans Coffee Club every third Thursday at 10:00  - 11:30 a.m. for a casual cup o' joe and camaraderie to share your military memories in a safe place. Jokes, Photos, and artifacts are always welcome. You'll find support and friends at the B-17 alliance Veterans coffee club. The Club is open to all veterans and those who wish to honor our veterans. All ages are welcome. For more information please visit: B-17 Alliance 

Saturday Bookmobile & Crafts

Don't Miss your chance to visit the bookmobile and crafts on May 13th and 20th!

Bookmobile 2023

Tribal History

Tribal History/Shared History

The Tribal Curriculum page is undergoing the process of uploading Tribal Curriculum from the 9 Confederated Tribes of Oregon. Our newest added curriculum comes from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, go check it out! Here is a sample from CTGRs 2nd grade Math curriculum. 

Lesson Plan 1 - The Eel Even/ Odd

Lesson Materials:

Want to know more?

Check out our Tribal History / Shared history Webpage to visit a variety of lesson plans for all ages, along with presentations, activities, and professional development trainings. 

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

Job Opportunities

Oregon Department of Education Job Openings

If you're looking for a rewarding career that positively affects the lives of children, you're in the right place! The Oregon Department of Education is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in the state of Oregon.

Employment with Oregon state government represents more than just a job. A career in public service is an opportunity to serve fellow citizens across our beautiful state. Professions in state government help to support strong communities, healthy kids, education, economic vitality and a sustainable future.

Fiscal Grant Analyst 

Network Analyst

Procurement and Contract Specialist 

Supervising Teacher (Oregon School of Deaf)

Investigations and Complaints Unit Coordinator

For More Information about these listings and further Job Openings, Please visit our Career Opportunities webpage. 

NAYA Job Openings 

NAYA Housing and Stabilization Services Director

Healing Circle Manager

Connection Coach

MSI Housing Advocate

KEEP Group Leader Recruiter

Foster Care - Independent Living program Coordinator

Drug & Alcohol Specialist

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

Native Connections

  • Indigenous Events of Portland, OR give updated events and activities that are happening in Portland through June 2023. 
  • Native American Travel lets you explore and learn about Tribes across America. Plan your next trip with suggested destination sites, planned itineraries, travel tips, and experiences. 
  • 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. 
  • Native American Culture: Celebrate Indigenous Oregon by visiting their website that was created to explore Native American culture around the state of Oregon. This site has trip ideas, historical content for all nine federally recognized Oregon Tribes, cultural activities, and updated Oregon Tribal news. To check out more about this site please visit, Travel Oregon Native American Culture

Oregon Tribal Websites

Burns Paiute Tribe 

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians 

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians 

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Coquille Indian Tribe

Klamath Tribes 

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

9 Tribes of Oregon images

Save the Date

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Newsletter Submissions

Do you have events or highlights in your community that you would like showcased in  upcoming newsletters? If so, please send submissions to Raina Reece at

Contact the Office of Indian Education

Please feel free to e-mail our staff members with any questions or comments you may have

April Campbell, Director

Renee Roman Nose, Native American Student Success Coordinator:

Brent Spencer, Indian Education Coordinator

Brandon Culbertson, Indian Education Engagement Coordinator:

Stacy Parrish, Indian Education Specialist

Natalie Altermatt, Executive Support Specialist

Raina Reece, Executive Support Specialist 

Jennifer Belle, Office Specialist