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April 2024

Books of the Month

My heart fills with happiness

My Heart fills With Happiness - Monique Smith

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy. For more information please visit: ORCA books or visit the YouTube read aloud

We are grateful

We Are Grateful - Traci Sorell 

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to express gratitude. Journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. For more information please visit: We are Grateful or visit the YouTube Read Aloud. 

Events & Activities

  • Woodburn, OR: March 22nd - May 5th The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an annual celebration of spring, showcasing acres of breathtaking tulip fields in bloom. Located in Woodburn, our festival attracts visitors from near and far to experience the beauty of millions of blooming tulips. For admission cost and more information on this event please visit: Tulip Festival 
  • Chehalem, OR: April 20th the Art & Culture Book Club in partnership with the Newberg Public Library invites you to join as they kick off with a book discussion and then move to a drop-in art activity to make your own luchador mask! This is a Free event and get a free book with registration while supplies last! For more information please visit: Arts & Culture Club
  • Medford, OR: April 12 - 13th An annual spring parade and festival with a Street Fair, Smudge Pot Stroll and much more. It is held in April to mark the time when pear trees that are a traditional part of the town's economy come into blossom. Founded in 1954, this event also includes seasonal activities such as promotion of local agriculture, a running race, cycling events along the Rogue River and a pageant. In recent years, the Pear a Fare (local artisan food & beverage tent) and the Smudge Pot Stroll (downtown restaurant event) have been added to make “The Pear Blossom” a true “Festival”. We are very excited for 2024 to give even more of our community an opportunity to be involved in Medford’s oldest tradition! For more information please visit: Pear blossom Festival 
  • Bend, OR: April 20th the Annual Earth Day Fair & Parade Fair is a celebration of our natural environment. The Environmental Center hosts this celebration each spring as part of their commitment to strengthen the community and protect the earth. A colorful, creative parade filled with children and adults costumed as their favorite species will kick off the day of festivities. Other activities will include live music and performances, food trucks, kids’ activities, and a variety of local environmental organizations who can help you get connected to local initiatives. For more information please visit: Earth Day Parade
  • Central Point, OR: April 27th - 28th The Oregon Cheese Festival will be held at the Seven Feathers Event Center. Oregon-inspired culinary event. Taste and buy cheese, drinks, and accompaniments from artisan and specialty producers from Oregon and beyond. Treat yourself to beverages by the glass and food carts. For more information please visit: Oregon Cheese Festival
  • The Dalles, OR: April 19th - 21st The Dalles Cherry Festival will take place in downtown Dalles. The festival includes the Gorge’s largest parade, the KODL classic car show, the great Cherry Trail, and lots of local music and bands with Little Music City in The Dalles.  You don’t want to miss the crowning of Cherry Festival Royalty, including our Little Royals, at Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s Breakfast Saturday Morning before the parade! For more information on this event please visit: Cherry Festival 

Native American Student Association Pow Wow

The Lane Pow Wow 2024, presented by students of Native American Student Association (NASA) will be held this year on Saturday, April 6th. The annual Lane Community College Pow Wow will take place at the LCC Main Campus inside Titan Coliseum (Lane gymnasium). This pow wow is a family-friendly, free, and public event. All drums and dancers are welcome. No alcohol or drugs are permitted. Please visit the Native American Student Association (NASA) table at the main entrance of the powwow for information on the dayʻs schedule, pow wow t-shirts for sale, raffle tickets, and more. For more information please visit: NASA Pow Wow 2024

April Pow wow

SOU 31st Annual Pow Wow

April pow wow

Multicultural Student Union Pow Wow

This is a free event for everyone to attend! For more information please visit: WOU MSU Pow Wow

WOU MSU pow wow

St. Helens 3rd Annual Round Dance 2024

annual round dance

OSLA Virtual Literacy Symposium



Check out our AI/AN Resources webpage for updated resources, grants, scholarships and deadlines!

Native Educator Scholarship


Education Northwest has had the honor of working with many Native educators, students, families, and community members throughout our history. These partnerships reflect one of the core values of our organization, equity, and guide us toward our vision of an excellent and equitable education for all. We believe that healthy Native communities are essential to the health and well-being of our region, and we remain committed to this effort.

The Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship is part of this commitment. This scholarship strives to increase Native representation in the field of education by providing financial support, mentoring, and internships for Native students in the Northwest who are pursuing an advanced degree in education, education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field. We view this scholarship as an opportunity to create long-term partnerships that will improve our ability to meet the needs of Native communities. For more information on scholarship information and eligibility requirements please visit: Native Educator Scholarship


Native American high school seniors pursuing a degree that will support the native agriculture industry are encouraged to apply. 15 scholarships will be awarded in the amount of 2,000.00. This scholarship closes on April 30th at 4:00 pm MST. 


  1. Students must be Native American high school seniors graduating in the Spring of 2024 and attending college in the Fall of 2024.
  2. Must be pursuing a degree that will be utilized within the agriculture industry. This can include but is not limited to animal science, agriculture business, agriculture economics, horticulture, etc. Please scroll down to see the list of ag degrees.
  3. Must submit Tribal citizenship documents or proof of descendancy of a federally or state-recognized American Indian tribe, Alaska Native Village or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or descendant of Pacific Islander within the United States
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to the Native agriculture community. 

For more information on how to apply please visit: Akiptan Scholarship 

7th Gen. Summer Program

7th Gen

The 7TH GEN.® Summer Program is a partnership between The Indian University of North America® of Crazy Horse Memorial and Black Hills State University. Students accepted to the program receive full tuition and books, and the majority of their food and lodging costs are paid.  Enrolled students earn 12 transferrable college credits, experience a paid work-life experience, receive an opportunity to earn back half of their $800.00 food and lodging share, and gain access to numerous scholarship opportunities. Applications due April 3rd, 2024. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply please visit: 7th Gen. Summer Program

Internships, Trainings & Workshops

Explore STEM & Healthcare Summer Research Opportunities

This guide showcases a range of summer research programs designed to enhance the educational experiences of graduate and master's students across various disciplines. It offers insights into how to find and apply for these opportunities, the benefits of participating in summer research, and tips for making the most out of these experiences. Tailored to support students in gaining practical skills and knowledge, this guide is a valuable resource for those looking to expand their academic and professional horizons.

STEM & Healthcare Summer Research Opportunities Guide

2024 - 2025 CTE Student Advisory Council Recruitment

Help us recruit student voices for the CTE Student Advisory Council by sharing the opportunity with high school and community college students, as well as recent graduates. Let's ensure that the next generation's perspectives shape the future of Career and Technical Education! Thank you for your support in amplifying student voices. Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Application Form

For questions please contact Susan Samek at 


Tribal Boarding School Toolkit for Healing

Toolkit for healing

In January 2023, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and Indian Health
Services (IHS) contracted with Kauffman and Associates, Inc. (KAI) to develop an electronic
toolkit for teachers, public health professionals, mental health professionals, tribal
administrators, and public safety professionals. The toolkit is intended to be a brief, reader friendly resource with information on the historical trauma resulting from Indian boarding schools
in the United States. This team conducted a literature review, spoke to boarding school
survivors and descendants, consulted with individuals and organizations working in the field of
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) healing and resilience, and collaborated with
educators to develop this toolkit.
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide those who work in AI/AN communities with information,
resources, and suggested activities for talking about and healing the generational traumatic
impacts boarding schools have had on AI/AN individuals, families, and communities. To Read this toolkit please visit: Tribal Boarding Schools Toolkit for Healing

The Office of Elementary & Secondary Education Art Competition

Are you an American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander artist, writer or videographer? If so, the Office of Indian Education’s Student Artist Competition (SAC) might be for you! The 2024 competition theme is “My Native Language". Deadline for the 2024 competition has been extended to April 12, 2024. Students may enter all three competition categories but may submit only one entry per category. Students under 18 must have a parent and/or guardian provide consent to participate through the online entry form. AI generated art will not be accepted. For more information please visit: April Art Contest

OIE Art contest

Bringing Oregon's Kalapuya Language back from the brink of Extinction


With the help of a new dictionary, a group of descendants of the Kalapuya people are teaching themselves their ancestors' language, word for word. 

The tribes of the indigenous Kalapuya people have lived throughout Oregon’s Willamette Valley for thousands of years, with their own customs and languages. It’s estimated that there are 4,000 people who identify as descendants of the Kalapuya people living in Oregon today. But for the last half century, there have been no native speakers of the Kalapuyan language. Now there’s an effort underway to preserve the Kalapuyan language. There’s a new dictionary, and some descendants of the Kalapuya people are now working to learn their ancestors’ language. OPB Weekend Edition host John Notarianni talked with two people who are involved in the effort: Esther Stutzman and her granddaughter, Aiyanna Brown. They’re both enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. 

To listen or read this OPB Special please visit: Language Revitalization 


Oregon Professional Educator Fair

April 10th, 2024  Portland, OR

Connecting Candidates and Recruiters to fill positions that help students learn and grow. OPEF helps candidates land teaching positions on Oregon, the Northwest and beyond. OPEF is the Northwest's largest educator career fair that bring school districts, agencies, and professionally licensed candidates together, under one roof, to facilitate hiring. For more information please visit: OPEF

2024 OLA Annual Conference

April 24th - 27th Salem, OR

Join your colleagues for four days of workshops, presentations, and networking. Some elements of the conference will be available virtually and there will be some virtual-only sessions for those who can’t make it. The conference theme is All Together Now. We are looking to celebrate all the ways that libraries collaborate through partnerships, resource and information sharing, how libraries are welcoming spaces, and more! For more information please visit: OLA 

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.

Assistant Superintendent, Office of Education Improvement and Innovation 

Child Nutrition Specialist

Governmental Auditor 2

Multiple Teacher Openings - Oregon School for the Deaf

Substitute Teachers Needed - Oregon School for the Deaf

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

ODE Career Chats are LIVE! Would you like to learn more about a position or how our application process works?  Join our Recruitment Team during our ODE Career Chat Sessions. We can assist you with all your application and agency questions!

Join us on the 1st Thursday of every month from 11:00 am to 11:45 am (PST) 

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NAYA Job Openings 

Youth Advocate

Family Shelter Assistant Manager

Foster Care Support Specialist

Connections Coach

Human Resources Manager

Drug & Alcohol Specialist

Independent Living Program Specialist

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

Cow Creek Government Office Hiring

Takelma Language Teacher/Curriculum Specialist 

Teacher-learner will study Takelma Language and progress to a conversational level of
fluency as measured by the Northwest Indian Languages Benchmarks. Responsibilities
include planning, coordinating, and implementing program activities. In addition, they will
be able to use and contribute to Takelma language resources, as measured by completed
curriculum units; and be able to teach language to Tribal families and Tribal youth in both
the Preschool and Afterschool programs, as well as providing language-based activities to
the EHYC summer programming. Job duties will be varied, and assignments will be made
that create positive outcomes for the Takelma language program. This is a grant funded
position and will run for the duration of the grant ending June 30, 2025. 

Please visit the Cow Creek Tribe landing page or contact Elizabeth Bryant at

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

9 Tribes of Oregon images

Save the Date Events

Pacific University Reconciliation Pow Wow 2024

The Indigenous Student Alliance of Pacific University Oregon will host their first Reconciliation Powwow in honor of the Forest Grove Indian Training School students on May 4, 2024 in the Stoller Center on the Forest Grove campus. (2331 Main St, Forest Grove, Or, 97116)

  • Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Exhibition dances only; non contest; Orange Shawl Special – contact Kata Autobee, to register
  • First 3 drums paid: $500 – contact Kata Autobee,
  • Craft/Art Vendor Space (6 ft table) $75 – contact First Moon Venecia,
  • Food Vendor Space $200 – contact Christian Guerra,
  • Join us for a day of dancing, singing and celebrating indigenous culture. Enjoy a variety of food, art, and craft vendors. Prizes and giveaways for participants.

For more information, contact ISA Advisor, Nikol Roubidoux,

51st Annual Naimuma Pow Wow

May 6th Pow wow

45th Annual Iatwa Ina Pow Wow

A free community event featuring Indigenous dancers, singers and marketplace.

Saturday, May 18
Grand entry at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Doors open at noon
Gill Coliseum
660 SW 26th St., Corvallis

Presented by the Native American Student Association and university partners.

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting Christy Jones at 541-737-3628 or

OIEA 46th Annual Conference


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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