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Office of Indian Education

October 2023

Office Hours Are Back!

Join the Office of Indian Education on October 24th from 4 pm - 5pm to discuss the new Tribal Consultation Toolkit 2.0. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Office Hours

Presidential Scholars Request for Nominations

Do you know an outstanding high school senior?

The Oregon Department of Education has the opportunity submit the names of up to 20 exceptional high school seniors, 10 male and 10 female*, to be invited to apply for the national Presidential Scholars program. All high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2024 who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible.

Nominate a student by completing one of the forms below.

Nominations are due to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) no later than Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2023. Each high school may submit a total of three applications for consideration: 

When selecting nominees, please consider the following questions: 

  • What about the student makes them stand out as having outstanding scholarship? 
  • Were there special challenges or hurdles this student has overcome while still achieving academic success and service to the community? 

Also, please keep in mind that students who achieved high scores on the SAT and ACT, whose scores are marked public, will automatically be invited to apply by the U.S. Department of Education. There is no need to nominate these students via the state nomination described in this letter; instead, ODE asks that administrators focus on nominating students who demonstrate excellence not captured on national standardized exams.

ODE will review all school nominations and select the final state nominees to be sent to the U.S. Department of Education.

Selection Announcement 

The nominees selected by Oregon’s Chief State School Officer, Dr. Charlene Williams, to be invited to apply for the 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars Award will receive a letter in January 2024 from the U.S. Department of Education inviting them to go through the federal application process, which closes in late February, 2024. The 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars are selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, and receive a medal during an online national recognition program in late June of 2024. There is no financial scholarship attached to this award.

More information about this program and how the U.S. Department of Education makes selections can be found on the U.S. Presidential Scholars website. 

If you encounter any difficulties with the nomination process, please contact Kristidel McGregor at

Events & Activities

  • Salem, OR: Join us for a special storytelling performed by Esther Stutzman of the Kalapuya and Coos tribes on October 7th from 2pm to 3 pm. This storytelling will highlight the stories, music, and culture of the Kalapuya people for young listeners. This event is free on a first-come, first-seated basis. Esther Stutzman is Coos and Komemma Kalapuya and is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. Esther is a storyteller and history keeper. She tells only Coos and Kalapuya stories. Her grandmother told her that it was bad luck to tell other people or other tribes’ stories. Stories are regarded as private property, as are songs. She has thirteen stories she shares with the public. Some of her creation stories tell of the time when animals and people could talk together.  For more information please visit: Salem Library Spotlight story telling: Ester Stutzman
  • Tualatin, OR: The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta will be held on Sunday, October 22nd from 10am - 4pm. Since 2004 people from around the country gather to witness costumed characters paddling inside giant pumpkins in a series of races. This event is Free and pumpkin races start at noon. For more information please visit: The Giant Pumpkin Regatta 
  • Hood River, OR: The Annual Hood River Valley Harvest Fest will be held on October 13th - 15th at Hood River event site ( 110 Portway Avenue). Each fall, Hood River Valley hosts an old-fashioned harvest festival with local produce and food products, arts and crafts, wine- and beer-tastings: all the best this County has to offer. There will also be a kid zone, art vendors, and live music. For more information please visit: Annual Hood Valley Harvest Fest
  • Sisters, OR: October 14th the Sisters Harvest faire will be hosting vendors who are selling quality handcrafted items. Pottery, metal art, photography, painting, jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor and much more. This event will host live entertainment, food, a kids zone and will be free admission. For more information please visit: Sisters Harvest Faire
  • Portland, OR: The Portland Zoo is hosting Howloween fun with the animals starting October 28th & 29th from 10am - 3:30 pm. The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about healthy habitats for wildlife with engaging activities throughout the zoo. Complimentary treat bags are available for participants. In keeping with the zoo's mission, all the treats come from companies committed to using deforestation-free palm oil. Activities are best suited for children ages 2-10, but all are welcome. For more information please visit: Howloween 2023
  • Chiloquin, OR: Eclipse Fest will be held on October 10th - 15th. This unique event will hold a concert by smash mouth, and a Shrek- inspired costume contest, pie and doughnut eating contest as well as local cuisine, Ethinic foods, and fair- type foods available. Camping and RV sites are available so book your space soon! Visit Eclipse Fest for more information!
  • OREGON: For all things Halloween please visit: I Love Halloween 2023. For pumpkin patches near you please visit: Oregon Pumpkin Patches

SW Washington Chapter Tour & Happy Hour

Edwards Elementary School

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

715 E 8th Street
Newberg, OR 97132

The OR/SW WA Chapter is excited to invite you to this special tour of Edwards Elementary School. All registered individuals may bring family/friends to the tour and happy hour free of charge. Accommodations to stay in Bend are not provided.

The addition and renovation of Edwards Elementary School embodies community-specific design solutions that respond to the unique needs of students and families in south Newberg. The school’s addition encompasses new classrooms for early childhood learning and general education, extended learning spaces, music classrooms, counseling offices, as well as a new kitchen and cafeteria. Edward’s addition also includes the integration of a designated Welcome Center, making this invaluable community resource a welcoming and accessible focal point. In the existing main building, the entry vestibule, administrative spaces, and reception area were all renovated. The interior hallways and maker space classrooms also received renovations. From processes to outcomes, the central commitment to equity and inclusion throughout the process ultimately inspired equitable solutions that aligned safety, sustainability, art, and financial stewardship.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore an equity-driven approach to community engagement and how the implementation of affinity-based listening and learning sessions yielded invaluable insight that shaped design solutions.
  • Explore design solutions that increase the visibility and accessibility of vital community spaces on the Edwards Elementary School campus.
  • Explore how a central commitment to equity informed the design team’s approach to value engineering.
  • Explore how integrating community art (murals) on the Edwards Elementary School campus serves to welcome the community, foster placemaking, and capture a sense of community pride.
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Edwards Elementary School
715 E 8th Street
Newberg, OR 97132
Following Tour Happy Hour


Members: Free | Non-members: $20
Event Sponsor: $250

Please RSVP by October 9. Virtual link will be sent out the morning of October 10, 2023 (subject to change). Link to Registration

Right to Read Documentary Film

The I Am Learning Foundation is hosting a screening of The Right to Read documentary film at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School on Oct. 5th. This film seeks to spread awareness about the literacy crisis happening in our country. Following the viewing there will be a panel discussion with local educators addressing this issue here in Portland Public Schools.

Event Time: Doors open at 5:30pm, film starts at 6:00pm. 
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, 4906 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 (Please enter at the doors on 6th, next to the playground.) 

This is a free event and childcare as well as snacks will be provided. 

Please contact for special accommodations. For more information about The I Am Learning Foundation, please visit our website at:  

Right to Read

Burns Paiute Tribe Pow Wow

Burns Pow wow

September Symposiums, Conferences, Summits, Tradeshows & Conventions

Equity- Driven Strategies for Addressing Chronic Absence Webinar Series- Session V

October 11th 2023

Equity-Driven Strategies for Addressing Chronic Absence webinar series
Increasing Attendance and Engagement for Black/African American Students. To register please visit: Western Educational Equity Assistance Center

2023 ASCD Leadership Summit

October 12th - 15th 

Step into an enriching journey of collective growth and development at the Leadership Summit. Our gathering is designed to nurture leaders like you in education, providing a platform and community to connect, learn, and strategize. Over 3 days, you will engage with inspiring keynotes, insightful concurrent sessions, and meaningful networking opportunities. For more information please visit: ASDC Summit

54th Annual NIEA Convention & Trade Show

October 18th - 21st Albuquerque, NM

 We encourage submissions aligned to our theme that include but are not limited to topics such as building relationships that empower families and communities, language work, head start and early childhood programming, engaging elder knowledge, alignment of ecological knowledge and STEAM, whole child supports, post-secondary success, enacting Native education advocacy and policy, asset-based approaches to teaching and development, and culturally-grounded instructional practices for creating safe and healthy learning environments for students. For more information please visit: 2023 NIEA

2023 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums

October 24th - 26th Oklahoma City, OK

The ATALM Conferences provides a unique opportunity to connect with tribal communities, academic institutions, funders, government agencies, and others. On average, attendance is 1,200 people from 350 tribes and 48 states. For more information please visit: ATALM 2023


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

Sapsik'ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program

“Seeking Future Indigenous Educators! The Sapsik'ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program is currently recruiting applicants for our next cohort, which will begin classes in June 2024 at our beautiful campus at the University of Oregon. The Sapsik'ʷałá Program is a rigorous, 12-month program that prepares future Indigenous educators. Sapsik'ʷałá students receive a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching in partnership with the UOTeach master’s / licensure program while gaining Indigenous methodologies for teaching. Please see our admissions checklist for details on how to apply. Applications are open and close on January 15th. Contact us at to learn more about program provisions and hear about the student experience from our alumni!”

Teacher program

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

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.

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! 

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

Another addition will be added this fall to our Office of Indian Education webpage for things Title VI. Be on the look out for more updates to come!

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.

Early Literacy Program Coordinator

Early Literacy Education Specialist 

Digital Learning Program Specialist

Senior Multilingual and Migrant Education Strategic Advisor

Senior Strategist for Well-Rounded Learning 

School Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator

Migrant Education 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