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Office of Indian Education

January 2024

The Office of Indian Education would like to wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy New Year!


Top Books of the Month

Sharice Big Voice

This acclaimed picture book autobiography tells the triumphant story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas.

When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she’d be in Congress. And she never thought she’d be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she heard from a lot of doubters. They said she couldn’t win because of how she looked, who she loved, and where she came from. But everyone’s path looks different and everyone’s path has obstacles. And this is the remarkable story of Sharice Davids’ path to Congress. Link to free Read aloud 


Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Deb Haaland!

As a child of two military parents, Deb Haaland moved around a lot when she was young before finally settling in Albuquerque to be near family. But she persisted, studying hard and eventually earning a law degree. An enrolled member of the Pueblo Laguna nation, Deb was one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress, where she represented New Mexico's 1st District. In 2021, when the Senate confirmed her as President Biden's secretary of the interior, she became the first Native American in history to become a cabinet secretary. She continues to break barriers and inspire future generations to dream of greater opportunities. For more information please visit: She Persisted 

Ribbon Skirt

This beautiful, informative, Indigenous picture book offers both an homage to Secretary Deb Haaland's achievements, and a celebration of urban Indigenous community through the eyes of a little girl. 

Pia rushes over to the Indigenous community center after school. It’s where she goes every day to play outside with friends and work on her homework. But today—March 18, 2021—is special: Auntie Autumn gathers all the children around their television to witness Secretary Deb Haaland in her ribbon skirt at the White House as she becomes the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. Pia and the other kids behold her Native pride on an international stage. Together with their parents and Elders, the children explore the values woven into their own regalia, land, community, and traditions, making precious memories on this day they won’t soon forget. for more information please visit: What your Ribbon Skirt means to me

Events & Activities

  • Portland, OR: Last chance to celebrate the Holiday lights at the ZOO lights on January 5th, 6th, and 7th. For ticket price and info please visit: Zoo Lights 
  • Eugene, OR: Friday, January 5th from 10am - 5pm the Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes. For more information please visit: Free First Friday at the Museum
  • Portland, OR: The Portland Winter Ice Rink and Woodsy Winter Village is a family-friendly outdoor ice rink located at the west end of the Morrison Bridgehead on the waterfront in Portland, Oregon. In addition to skating, enjoy a variety of activities in the Woodsy Winter Village which features a concession marketplace, food, warm beverages, and a cozy lounge. To check Dates and times please visit: Portland Winter Ice Rink
  • Redmond, OR: January 20th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at 1313 SW Canal Boulevard, Redmond, OR the Kids' DIY-U Workshop: My first Toolbox will be hosted. This Kids Toolbox Workshop will have your little helper eager to tag along on your next home improvement project. For more information please visit: Kids DIY toolbox
  • Central Point, OR: The 2nd Saturday of every month is FREE kids day at the Crater Rock Museum. This is a special day that the museum sets aside to teach and expose children to the world of earth sciences, fossils, dinosaurs, and other really cool things we know they would like. There are free 20 minute classes that start on the half hour beginning at 10:30 am and continue with the last class at 2:30 pm. Afterwards, the whole family can explore the museum and all its wonderful displays. Take a stroll through the rock yard outside the workshop. If you find a rock on the ground, it’s only 25 cents a pound for everyone on Kids Day. In the bins, it’s $1.00. On days other than Kids Day, it’s 25 cents a pound for kids and $1.00 for adults. For more information please visit: Crater Rock Museum
  • Salem, OR: January 19th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm the City of Salem will be hosting a Mexican Taco - Culinary Demonstration Class. Learn how to master the techniques and knowledge of fried tacos also known as flautas, vegetarian option available as well. In this interactive cooking class, Esther will share where she gained her knowledge for cooking and what the language of food means to her, as well as ensuring all her meals have the authentic flavor that she grew up with. For more information please visit: Taco Night


Tribal History/Shared History - Reflection & Storytelling with Laurie Danzuka

THSH with Laurie

Laurie Danzuka shares tribal history, impacts on public education, engaging with tribal students/families, and indigenous ways of living. She will also share current issues facing tribes and their members. All these topics center around treaties, ceded lands, tribal lifeways, cultural restoration, and language revitalization. Laurie has been an education advocate for preschool to post-secondary education for the past 20+ years. She grew up, went to school, raised her family, and presently lives on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She believes there can be a balance in tribal education and public education rather than choosing one over the other. Laurie is sharing her story through life experiences and from her personal lens and perspective. She shares to create understanding and to address common misconceptions. This event will be held on January 10th from 11:00 - 12:00pm at the Deschutes Public Library. For more information please visit: THSH with Laurie

In- Person Language & Culture Classes with CTSI

CTSI Virtual Culture Nights

Culture & Education: An intersection of Indigenous Excellence

In this mini-documentary, two special events highlighting Native American culture last summer, a coastal jam at Milwaukie High School and a powwow at Happy Valley Middle School, are the centerpieces of a discussion of the importance of keeping Native history, traditions and culture alive and flourishing and supporting and valuing the Native students in our schools. The coastal jam, powwow and documentary were created in partnership with the Native Wellness Institute, North Clackamas Schools and Clackamas ESD and made possible by a generous grant from the Oregon Department of Education as part of the American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success Plan. Documentary was produced, directed and edited by Austyn Steelman with photography and creative direction by Tomás Karmelo Amaya. (Link to Video)

Shawna McConville Radford to be first Director of Tribal Affairs for Oregon Governor

Shawna Radford

Shana McConville Radford of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will join Gov. Tina Kotek’s administration as Oregon’s first tribal affairs director. McConville Radford, 39, had since May 2022 served as deputy director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

“The tribal affairs director role is an unprecedented role in the Governor’s office,” said Kotek spokesperson Anca Matica in an email. “The governor’s top priority for the tribal affairs director is to foster positive relationships with Oregon’s tribal nations through meaningful and transparent consultation.” To read more please visit: Shana Radford Director of Tribal Affairs 

Native Design

Think Out Loud OPB Special with Stacy Parrish

In a recent state report showed that 38% of all Oregon students are chronically absent, meaning they miss at least 10% of school days. Charan Cline is the superintendent of the Redmond School District in Central Oregon. He joins us to share more on what this issue looks like in his district. Stacy Parish is the leader of Oregon Department of Education’s Tribal Attendance Promising Practices. She joins us to share more on what this issue is looking like for Oregon’s Indigenous students. Please visit: OPB with Stacy Parrish for podcast and transcripts of this event. 

Native Design

Families Gather at Holiday TAPP Dinner

TAPP Holiday Gathering

Washington Elementary School hosted families for some holiday fun at the December TAPP (Tribal Attendance Promising Practices) Dinner on Thursday, December 14, 2023. TAPP is a program focused on supporting the attendance of Native students in nine Oregon school districts. Pendleton School District is one of those districts.

About 250 people enjoyed dinner from Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant and had the chance to visit Santa and get a photo with him. Families were encouraged to take home ornament-making kits, and every student received a free movie pass and concessions from Wildhorse Cineplex. There was a candy jar guessing game and raffles for five chances each to win Safeway gift cards or Arrowhead Travel Plaza gas cards.  Families were serenaded with holiday music by Mrs. Dinkel playing a present wrapped piano.

Stacey Jacobs is the TAPP Family Advocate for the Pendleton School District. “We were really happy about the turnout for our Holiday Dinner. It’s always a fun event to celebrate the season with our families.” Jacobs organizes three dinners each school year with the intention of fostering connection between Native students/families and the school and helping adults feel comfortable in the school. For more information and photos please visit: TAPP Holiday Gathering 

LAST CALL: 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

2024 College Horizons Summer Program

College Horizons is a program of excellence designed for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school sophomores and juniors. Our organization is deeply committed to helping Native students become experts on the college admissions and financial aid process. College Horizons is a 6-day pre-college program preparing students for the college application process. Participants learn about a variety of colleges and universities by connecting with our 70+ partner institutions and will establish personal relationships with college admission representatives as well as college counselors along the way. For more information please visit: College Horizons

College horizons


OACOA/ OASE Winter Conference - COSA 

January 25th- 26th, 2024 

This Conference will be held at the Salishan Costal Lodge in Gleneden Beach, OR. Spots are still available and the agenda has been posted. For more information please visit: COSA January 2024

LitCon: National K-8 Literacy & Reading Recovery Conference

January 27th- 30th Columbus, OH

National K-8 Literacy & Reading Recovery Conference is the homecoming of leaders in childhood literacy! Attendees will be among the first to know about current research findings, critical news, and leading practices in K-8 literacy education that go beyond theory to actual practice. Engage in LitCon to tap exclusive resources and build special bonds to move childhood literacy and Reading Recovery forward. For more information please visit: 2024 LitCon

Tribal History

Tribal History/Shared History

The Tribal History Shared History Page is currently undergoing reconstruction. The new Page will be up and active by January 8th 2024! 

We have Additions to our website including our Title VI webpage and our New Tribal Consultation webpage! Go check them 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.

HRIS/ Class & Com Analyst

Data Analyst

Communications Specialist

Immigrant/ Refugee Student Success Plan Coordinator 

Executive Support Specialist to Deputy Director

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

NAYA Job Openings 

Youth Advocate

Healing Circle Manager

KEEP Group Leader Recruiter

Reimagining Justice in Cully - Project Coordinator

Foster Care Support Specialist

Family housing Navigator

Infant - Toddler Teacher 1 & 2

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

Portland Public School Job Posting 

Link to Application 

PPS Indian Education

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

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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, Assistant Superintendent

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

Stephanie Gluck, Research & Data Analyst