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Office of Indian Education

June 2023

OIE Virtual Office Hours June 21st, 3:30-4:00p.m.

OIE will be holding NEW office hours for the month of June at Starting June 21st 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

  • Lebanon, OR: Starting June 1st - Sunday June 4th Lebanon will be hosting their 114th annual Strawberry festival at Cheadle Lake park on Weirich drive. The Festival includes enjoying a complimentary piece of the world largest strawberry shortcake, parades, Saturday night firework show, live entertainment, and carnival rides! For more information please visit: Lebanon Strawberry Festival 
  • Portland, OR: June 3rd & 4th Portland's Indigenous Marketplace will be celebrating Pride Month from 11am- 4pm. There will be live music and a variety of vendors! For more information please visit: Pride Month in Portland
  • Tillamook, OR: On June 8th Join Tillamook, OR from 12- 3pm the TEP Native Plant Nursery is looking for Volunteers to care for seedlings that will help restore coastal prairie habitat. These plants will increase the area of existing strongholds and provide pollinator species to the critically endangered Oregon Silverspot Butterfly. You’ll also be able to take free seedlings home to create native pollinator habitat in your yard! This is an 18+ Volunteer event only. For more information please visit: TEP Native Plant Nursery
  • Sisters, OR: June 10th from 1:00 - 4:00pm the Sisters Rodeo is coming to the Sisters Rodeo Arena. Watch as cowboys and cowgirls compete in events such as bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding, team roping and more! For more information please visit: Sisters Rodeo 2023
  • Central Point, OR: June 16th & 17th starting at 12:00pm the Jackson County Expo and their incredible partners are throwing the biggest and best party to start the summer off right! The Rogue Music Festival has headliners are Eric Church and Carrie Underwood! Tickets are on sale now, for more information please visit: Rogue Music Festival 2023
  • Portland, OR: June 21st from 10am - 4pm is hosting "This is Kalapuyan Land" at Pittock Mansion in Portland, OR. This is an exhibition of contemporary indigenous artworks along side a selection of historical panels curated by Steph Littlebird (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya, Chinook). The exhibit is on display through July 23 at the museum, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Adult admission is $14.50, seniors are $12.50, youth are $10.50 and children under six are free. For More information please visit: This is Kalapuyan Land
  • Lincoln City, OR: June 24th & 25th the D River Recreation Site will be hosting their annual Summer Kite Festival from 9:30 am - 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday. There will be free kite making workshop, carnival games, big shows and performances by featured fliers. For more information please Visit: Summer Kite Festival 2023
  • St. Paul, OR: June 30th - July 1st St. Paul, OR will be hosting their 87th annual Rodeo. This event is slammed packed with events ranging from Pancake breakfast, carnival rides, parades, nightly firework show and much more! For more information please visit: St. Paul Rodeo 2023

June Pow Wow's

Native Youth Wellness Warrior Conference & Pow Wow

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23rd Annual Rogue Valley Veterans Pow Wow

Join Rogue Valley in their 23rd Annual Veterans Pow Wow on June 3rd - 4th at the Rogue Valley State Park. 

23rd Annual Rogue Valley Pow Wow

Delta Park Pow Wow

All are welcome and invited to the Annual Delta Park Powwow and Encampment at East Delta Park in Portland, Oregon. The event is a free and family-friendly celebration of Native American culture. The Delta Park Powwow and Encampment is an annual Portland tradition that draws Native American, and non-native participants and spectators from across the Pacific Northwest to enjoy intertribal dancing, cultural exhibitions, arts and craft vendors, fry bread and other delicious food. For more information on this event please visit: Delta Park Pow Wow 2023

June pow wow

Ambassadors fo Public Service Award Recipients

Every year we celebrate Public Service Recognition Week (May 7-13) by taking the opportunity to thank public employees for their service, make visible their important work and deepen connections between state agencies and the communities they serve. For this year’s Public Service Recognition Week, DAS chose the theme of Extraordinary Customer Service. Award recipients exemplify this theme by showing an unconditional commitment to giving the highest level of service to every person.  Public service ambassadors embody the enterprise values of integrity, accountability, excellence and equity in their everyday work. As part of this celebration, state agencies award employees the Ambassador of Public Service Award and are allowed to nominate employees for statewide recognition. Based on ODE’s size we are allowed to select up to three employees for this honor. ODE annually awards the Ambassador of Public Service award to exemplary employees who are nominated by their colleagues. The words used to describe each employee listed below were taken directly from the nominations submitted by their colleagues. As many were listed, two from the office of Indian Education received this award. Please Join us in congratulating the great work of April & Natalie!

April Campbell, Assistant Superintendent

April Campbell leads the Office of Indian Education to support the efforts of local educational agencies, tribes, organizations, post-secondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of our American Indian/ Alaska Native students; and ensure that all students have the supports needed to be successful. April works collaboratively with the nine federally recognized Tribes of Oregon through the government-to-government process. April has worked to center in her work the voices, needs and experiences of AI/AN students and youth. April is a trusted resource for our entire agency and other state agencies. She consistently and compassionately guides those who need her to intercede on behalf of themselves, or their students, to a resolution which balances law, state policy and humanity. Each day she directly contributes to supporting equity and excellence for each AI/AN student.

Ambassadors of Public Service award Finalist: 

Natalie Altermatt, Executive Support Specialist.

Natalie “takes her responsibilities seriously, and aims for excellence in everything that she does. She is kind, humble, and selfless. Natalie makes herself available to serve any person in the agency who needs her assistance. And she serves with joy.”

TAPP May Symposium

On May 4th & 5th our Tribal Attendance Promising Practices Program (TAPP) held an end of year symposium for all TAPP Project directors, TAPP Family Advocates, Tribal Partners and esteemed guests. It was such an amazing and sacred time spent together. We had the honor of hosting the Native Wellness institute and Spoken Word Poet Shuina Sko who created and gifted the one of a kind poem below. The office of Indian Education would like to thank all who traveled near and far to attend and all of the work dedicated to make this symposium happen! We will be looking forward to next year!

We are currently undergoing webpage updates to add photos and content from this event on our TAPP webpage. Please check back in the coming weeks.

TAPP Poem Poster

June Symposiums, Conferences, Summits, Tradeshows & Conventions

Grades 5-8 Summer Intensive Conference

July 5th - 9th, Milwaukie, OR

For teachers seeking a summer refresher on Waldorf middle school curriculum, join us. The Micha-el institute offers middle school teachers a four full day intensive focusing on the full scope of each middle school grade's curriculum. Many in class lesson and activity ideas will be offered as well as much content and resources valuable to any middle school teacher. The intensive also offers participants opportunity build their awareness of the anthroposophy behind middle school curriculum and methods, and an opportunity to explore the often forgotten, founding, anthroposophical principles of Waldorf education itself. The Micha-el Institute prides itself on being a place where the basis that is Waldorf Education, anthroposophy, is emphasized. For more information please visit: Middle school intensive Conference 

Curriculum Leadership Institute 

July 12th-14th, Portland, OR

Join us for a 2-day workshop to create a sustainable curriculum process that inspires teacher buy-in, high-quality curriculum development, and long-term momentum for teaching and learning. This event is perfect for schools or districts seeking support in documenting their curriculum, building capacity around an existing process, or revitalizing stalled curriculum work. Participants will collaborate, explore best practices, and learn from one another to develop a practical plan for transforming their curriculum and enhancing student outcomes. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have the skills and knowledge to create an effective and inspiring curriculum process that drives long-term success. Join us, to re-envision a sustainable and innovative curriculum process for your school or district. For more information please visit: CLI 2023

Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA)

June 21st- 23rd, Seaside, OR

COSA serves and represents more than 2,400 school administrators, managers and executives. COSA was founded in 1974 to give Oregon's education leaders a united voice in helping to shape public policy, advocate for schools and speak on behalf of students. COSA's perspective has earned the respect of educators, the Legislature, the Department of Education and other statewide agencies. COSA consistently puts the interests of schools and students ahead of self-interest. For more information about registration, Agenda Material, Guest Speakers and more visit: COSA in Seaside 2023 


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

FREE Tuition for All Native Americans

Tohono O'odham Community College will continue to offer free tuition to all Native Americans. We will also continue to cover the cost of books and Fees for all of their students, which includes non-Native and non-enrolled Native American Students. If you are interested in taking classes this 2023 Summer Session, you still have time to apply for admissions and register for classes. Visit to get started! Have questions? Contact the Admissions Office at (520) 479- 2305 or

Tohono CC

Home Flight Scholars Program at U of O

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The U of O 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 

Jump Start Kindergarten Program

We are excited to announce the release of the Jump Start Kindergarten Toolkit! The toolkit provides resources for planning and implementing high-quality summer kindergarten transition programs, such as suggestions for collaborating with local early learning partners, family engagement and classroom curriculum examples, and ready-to-print flyers, banners and yard signs promoting early registration to kindergarten. For more information, visit: ODE Jump Start Kindergarten Program

Kindergarten Registration

If you are interested in providing feedback for the NEW Jumpstart kindergarten toolkit please visit their feedback questionnaire

More Families will Qualify for Help Paying for Child Care on July 1st

On July 1, the new Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) is expanding eligibility for affordable child care through the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program. Families will now be able to receive cash assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and get help paying for child care from ERDC at the same time.

Starting July 1, there will also be fewer reasons for child care assistance to end within 12 months. Cases will no longer close if a family cannot find a provider within three months. ERDC benefits will continue if a caretaker loses their job or stops attending school. 

Learn more about these changes through the flyers below, available in 5 languages:

Register Now: Supporting Gender Expansive Students Guide Open Q&A

supporting gender expansive students

Supporting Gender Expansive Students: Guidance for Schools, released in January 2023, is a guidance document and set of supplemental materials published by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) grounded in the recognition, respect, affirmation, friendship, joy, belonging, and safety every human deserves - including the students, staff, and families that make-up our school communities.

In order to support Oregon’s education partners with the implementation of these requirements and best practices, ODE staff will continue to offer Open Q&A sessions to external partners who support students and education communities. The format will include a short presentation, followed by time for Question and Answer with ODE staff, including space to discuss any support needs your school community may have.


This opportunity is open for external partners who support students, such as Community Based Organizations, Higher Education partners, Early Learning and Early Childhood Education partners, in addition to Oregon K-12 public school, public charter school, and education service district staff members. Please register below with your organization email address in order to receive a zoom link. The Open Q&A sessions are limited to 25 total participants, so please register early if you're interested. 

Community Partners Q&A: Supporting Gender Expansive Students Guidance Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 11am-12pm PST 

Register for 6/14 Open Q&A


Community Partners Q&A: Supporting Gender Expansive Students Guidance Thursday, June 29, 2023, 3-4pm PST 

Register for 6/29 Open Q&A

Questions? Suggestions? 

Questions about the Supporting Gender Expansive Students Guidance, about these Q&A sessions, or requests for future topic suggestions or audiences should all be sent directly to

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 

Tribal History

Tribal History/Shared History

THSH is excited to share the we are in the process of translating all THSH lessons and supporting materials to Spanish! We are currently undergoing the process to translate all materials to Spanish then we will put all Translated Spanish materials through a pilot program before releasing to the public. This is a work in progress and will continue to update as we make further headway! The Tribal Curriculum page is undergoing the process of uploading Tribal Curriculum from the 9 Confederated Tribes of Oregon. We recently have uploaded curriculum from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde with lessons and materials for grades K-12. Go check it out!

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.


Facility Operations Specialist

Executive Support Specialist

Procurement and Contract Specialist 

Procurement Training and Outreach Coordinator

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

NAYA Job Openings 

Parent-Child Support Specialist

KEEP Group Leader Recruiter

Healing Circle Manager

Foster Care- Independent Living Program Coordinator

Infant-Toddler Teacher 1 & 2

Resident Services Coordinator -Mamook Tokatee

Family Housing Advocate

Family Housing Advocate -MHT

Youth Advocate

Youth Advocacy Coordinator

Career Skills Coach

Alcohol & Drug Specialist

Connection Coach

High School Teachers – Many Nations Academy

Community Reception Manager

Grants and Contracts Accountant

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

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

- Job Openings -

Student Learning Support Specialist

Writing Support Specialist 

Tutor Program Coordinator

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

Native Story tellingJuly Cow Creek PW

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