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Office of Indian Education

September 2023

The Office of Indian Education would like to wish you and your students a happy and healthy 2023 - 2024 School year! 

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."

- Malcolm X

Events & Activities

  • Portland, OR Sept. 1st, 2nd, & 9th: Free Open Play Swimming and Rock Climbing at the East Portland Indoor Pool ( 740 SE 106th Ave.). If you're looking to beat the heat or get fit in fresh air, the Summer free outdoor fitness classes, like Zumba and Tai Chi. For more information please visit: Portland Free Open Swim 
  • Salem, OR August 25 - September 4th: The Oregon State Fair Started in the late nineteenth century, the State Fair has become an Oregon family tradition. Families come from all over the state to take in great shows, rides, culinary delights, and animal and agricultural exhibits. Fair attendees will be able to see over 26,000 exhibits in livestock, home arts and hobbies, show horses, fine art, photography, professional wine, homebrew beer, small animals, including poultry, rabbits, doves, pigeons and guinea pigs, plus 4-H and FFA animals and events. For more information please visit: The Oregon State Fair
  • Enterprise, OR Sept. 2nd: Join the Wallowa County fairgrounds to celebrate the Juniper Jam Festival that will be hosting a variety of singers, great food and drinks, local Artisans, and fun kid activities. Gates open at 11 am and tickets are $25.00. For more information visit: Juniper Jam
  • Burns, OR Sept 5th - 9th: The Harney County Fair and Rodeo dates back to 1924 when the first such event was held. This is a full blown event with the county fair, NPRA Rodeo, ParaMutual Horse Racing, and amusement rides! For more information please visit: Harney County Fair 
  • Sublimity, OR Sept. 8th - 10th: This year, the Sublimity Harvest festival will be celebrating 50 years of friendly competition. This year there have been many additions such as tractor pulls, truck pulls, ATV pull, and monster trucks! For more information please visit: Sublimity Harvest Fest
  • Bandon, OR Sept. 9th - 10th: The 77th Annual Bandon Cranberry Festival is boasting 77 years of family fun with a parade, festival market, evening street dance, and more. You'll enjoy live music and performing arts, classic cars and farm equipment, sports  and tournaments, art exhibits and craft markets, shopping and dining, and above all, the bitterly-sweet, locally- famous cranberry- eating contest. For more information please visit: Crandyland 2023
  • Kings Valley, OR Sept 9th - 10th: The Shrewsberry Renaissance Faire is celebrating 27 years of teaching history through faire play. The gates are open from 10am - 6pm, for Performance times, vendors information and ticketing, please visit: Kings Valley Shrewsberry Renaissance Faire 2023
  • Mount Angel, OR Sept. 14th - 17th: Join Mount Angel in this years Oktoberfest! Take your time and wander the streets enjoying the music and taking in the sights, sounds and smell of delicious food selections. For car show event times, arts and craft schedule and vendor information please visit: Mt. Angel Oktoberfest 
  • Corvallis, OR Sept. 23 & 24th: Join Corvallis in Central park for the 50th Corvallis Fall festival. Free and fun for all ages! Gates open at 10 am - 6 pm with a variety of activities form 5k run to face painting. For more information please visit: Corvallis Fall Festival
  • Bend, OR Sept 29th - Oct 1st: Join Bend, OR in celebrating the autumn season with crafts, art, music, and more! The annual tradition brings the best of the PNW culture right to the heart of downtown Bend. Enjoy a full weekend of fall fun during Central Oregon's favorite time of year! For more information please visit: Bend Fall Festival 2023

Mill- Luck Salmon Celebration

salmon luck of the mill

The traditional salmon bake meal will be served
Saturday, September 9 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 10 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Presale tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available in Ko-Kwel Gifts beginning August 22 and include a commemorative Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration t-shirt (while supplies last). Guests may also purchase their meal at the meal tent during the event. The price for a meal without a t-shirt is $32 for adults and $25 for children.

This fun-filled weekend is full of family events and entertainment.

  • Tribal canoe races (Open to public – Starts at 10 AM on Saturday, September 9)
  • Outdoor tribal vendors and crafts (demonstrations and hands-on participation)
  • Traditional salmon bake meal
  • Live entertainment with authentic Native American dancing, drumming and flute playing

Festival located in the South parking lot outside The Mill Casino • Hotel. Bring the whole family for a great weekend of fun! Free to attend. For more information please visit: Mill- Luck Salmon Celebration

Under the Sea in Coos Bay

Summer may be winding down, but the fun is just beginning here on the South Coast! The Bay Area Fun Festival, also known as the greatest last party of the summer, happens here in Coos Bay and surrounding areas on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17! Thousands of locals and visitors from afar come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of beautiful downtown Coos Bay and surrounding areas for this popular festival. Highlights include live entertainment, the famous Cruz the Coos featuring nearly 500 vintage automobiles, the Prefontaine Memorial Run, RockFest Music Festival, the BAFF parade, and much more! Visitors will also enjoy a variety of vendors, arts and crafts, and lots of different kinds of food.

Come join us for the Bay Area Fun Festival on Oregon’s Adventure Coast!

Bay Area Fun festival

Save the Date!

Burns Pow wow

September Symposiums, Conferences, Summits, Tradeshows & Conventions

Increasing Attendance and Engagement for American Indian and Alaska Native Students 

September 12th 2:00 - 3:30pm

The target audience for this six-part webinar series is districts, charter management organizations, Bureau of Indian Education schools, and tribally operated schools. State education agency, tribal education agency, Bureau of Indian Education, and Office of Indian Education personnel are also invited to participate. Because high levels of absenteeism require a systemic response, WEEAC strongly encourages participants to consistently send a core team to each of these 90-minute sessions. For more information please visit: WEEAC Webinar

Child Welfare Virtual Expo- 2023 Recruit, Retain, and Support: Strategies for Strengthening the child Welfare Workforce

September 21st Virtual - Free

With a stable, supported, and diverse workforce, child welfare agencies can provide the services children, young people, families, and communities need. The 2023 Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) focuses on how child welfare agencies are addressing today’s unique workforce challenges and adapting to recruit and retain child welfare professionals. Join us to hear directly from jurisdictions, learn concrete strategies, and explore innovative practices to strengthen your child welfare workforce and design equitable workplaces. For more information please visit: 2023 Expo

2023 Oregon Educator Equity Summit

September 28th - 29th 2023

The Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (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. In addition to advocacy, COSA supports and develops educational leaders with unmatched professional development opportunities—including statewide conferences, regional seminars and workshops, and much more -- and a variety of exclusive member services. Areas of focus include school finance and legislative services. For more information please visit: 2023 COSA 





On August 18, 2023 the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Education Committee released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTTL) announcing four tribal consultations on the upcoming draft 10-Year National Plan on Native Language Revitalization (National Plan). During these consultations, the WHCNAA will seek input from tribal leaders and their proxies on actions the federal government can take to support Native Language Revitalization and guidance on the National Plan. The DTLL also includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Literature Review on Native Language Revitalization for further comment and review. The tribal consultations will be held on September 18, September 20, September 26, and September 28, 2023.

Registration information can be found within the DTLL. The WHCNAA is accepting written comments until September 29, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT. For more information, contact NIEA Policy Director, Julia Wakeford at and NIEA Tribal Education Specialist Christina Goodson at

Naya College Nights

NAYA has returned with in-person College Nights! Held every Tuesday & Thursday from 3:30 – 6:00 pm. Drop-ins welcome! Can’t attend in person? Reach out to to schedule a one-on-one zoom meeting.

Naya College nights

Exciting News from the EAC!

The Educator Advancement Council (EAC) is anticipating approximately $3.5 million dollars to support the launch of the Tribal Nations Grow Your Own (GYO) Partnerships. These grants will be made available to the Nine Federally Recognized Tribes of Oregon through a non-competitive grant process. The purpose of this grant is to address the needs of the local community’s educational workforce, promote interest and access to the Prek-12 teaching profession, support novice educators and address historical and institutional structures that contribute to the low recruitment and high attrition rates of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) educators.

The Tribal GYO Partnerships will have a focus on:

  • Early Learning Educators
  • American Indian Language Educators
  • Special Education Educators
  • Rural Educators
  • Emerging Educators (pre-service and novice)
  • P-12 Classified Staff
  • P-12 Licensed Educators (Career Advancement)
  • Secondary Students
  • Student Success Plan Educators

For more information, please contact Renae Guenther at

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

home flight scholars program

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 

WRAP Updates: Expanding Access to Arts Education

The Well-Rounded Access Program (WRAP) at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is excited to announce new resources and programs!

  • The Arts Access Toolkit is a digital collection, highlighting both agency developed and external resources to assist schools and districts in offering and sustaining high quality, standards-aligned arts programs. 
  • Tribes and indigenous educators are working together with the WRAP team to ensure that American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students are represented in the content that they engage with in all subjects in school, including the arts, in alignment with the AI/AN Student Success Plan. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation recently began their project to design K-12, tribal specific native arts lessons, and there is more exciting work to come!
  • Arts for Learning Northwest has been selected to design an Arts, Care & Connection program with WRAP funds - offering free K-5 arts integration lessons and professional learning for teachers, creating high quality social emotional learning opportunities for students through the arts during the school day. This work is done in partnership with ODE’s Care and Connection campaign and will integrate ODE’s Transformative SEL Framework and Standards.

ODE’s Arts Education website is a great place to stay connected with these projects and learn about future resources.

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:

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!

Our Resources Webpage is currently undergoing reconstruction and will be viewable by this month! Check back for updates!

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.

District Support Specialist 

Executive Assistant to Assistant Superintendent of Office of Finance and Information Technology

State School Fund Business Systems Analyst

Behavior Safety Assessment Specialist

Assistant Superintendent of Enhancing Student Opportunities

ASL Interpreter/ Data and Assessment Admin Specialist

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

NAYA Job Openings 

Parent-Child Support Specialist

Youth Advocate

Alcohol & Drug Specialist

Process Improvement Coordinator

Grant and Contracts Accountant

Naya Community Development Manager

Infant - Toddler Teacher 1 & 2

**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 October 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

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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