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Office of Indian Education

May 2024

The Office of Indian Education newsletter will be on hold for Summer Break, please enjoy the content with future events and activities until we return! With the school year quickly coming to a close, we would like to acknowledge all of the hard work of the 2024 graduating Seniors and the teachers who helped get them there. We wish you the best in your future endeavors - Have a wonderful Summer!


Books of the Month

I sang you down from the stars

I sang you down from the Stars - Tasha Spillett-Summer

Tasha Spillett-Sumner is a Cree and Trinidadian award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land-based education. This book is about a Native American woman describes how she loved her child before it was born and, throughout her pregnancy, gathered a bundle of gifts to welcome the newborn. For more information please visit: I sang you down from the Stars or listen to the Read Aloud


We Are the Water Protectors - Carole Lindstrom

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption. To Read more please visit: Water Protectors or listen to the Read Aloud on Youtube.

Events & Activities

  • Eugene, OR: May 1st at 5:00 pm Illioo Native Theater and the UO Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residential Community are pleased to present the 4th Annual Poetry in the Park Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day. This will be hosted at Heron Park in Springfield, OR. For More information please visit: UO Events 
  • Portland, OR: May 3rd - 5th The Cinco De Mayo Fiesta in downtown Portland will interest all age groups with classic carnival rides, arts and crafts, snack, traditional Mexican crafts, amateur boxing and dancing. For more information please visit: Portland Cinco De Mayo
  • Florence, OR: May 16th - 19th The Florence Rhododendron Festival will gather thousands of visitors at the coast. Attendees can expect to enjoy the Davis Shows carnival, classic car shows, Parades, live music, vendors, 5k run/ walk, and beautiful Rhododendrons! for more information on this event please visit: 2024 Rhododendron Festival 
  • Salem, OR: Saturdays 9am - 2pm The Salem Saturday Market is open for the season. Over 150 vendors providing handmade, handcrafted or homegrown products from the Mid- Willamette Valley. For more information please visit: 2024 Saturday Market
  • Eugene, OR: May 19th The Wildflower and Music Festival will have flowers on display, plants for sale, experts to answer questions, food vendors, art in Nature trail, and live music! To learn more please visit: Wildflower and Music Festival 2024
  • Tigard, OR: June 21st- 23rd the Festival of Balloons will be held in Tigard, OR. Events will include the morning launches plus the impressive Night Glow presented by Walmart on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting); carnival rides and games, the Rogue Beer Garden, Live Music on the Main Stage; Twilight Run at Dawn, Saturday morning, Festival of Cars presented by Landmark Ford Lincoln on Sunday. and a whole lot more! For More information please Visit: Tigard Festival of Balloons
  • Lincoln City, OR: June 22nd - 23rd Summer Kite Festival will be held on the beach! If you have the right kite and know how to do it, you can fly kites indoors without wind---and have great fun even if the weather outside is frightful! So everyone can enjoy this great sport, Lincoln City is bringing expert indoor kite fliers from Washington and California to demonstrate the art and teach kids of all ages how to soar without wind. For more information please visit: Summer Kite Festival

National Day of Awareness for Murdered & Missing Indigenous People (MMIP)

The Klamath Tribal Council approved a Resolution in 2021 declaring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Day –  The Klamath Tribes recognized that both male and female tribal members have been affected. The Council also recognizes this issue affects Tribes across the nation and declared the day to show solidarity and bring awareness to this important issue. To show support Wear Red on May 3rd


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,

pow wow

51st Annual Naimuma Pow Wow

May 6th Pow wow

56th Annual Mother's Day Pow Wow

This year’s Mother’s Day Powwow, running May 10-12, marks its 56th celebration at the University of Oregon. The powwow, which includes traditional dances, ceremonies and a salmon bake, is intended to honor and celebrate the native community, mothers and graduating seniors.

Mothers day


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

This year, we honor the dedicated years of hard work of our fellow tribes and Indigenous activists, which has culminated in the removal or drainage of all 4 dams along the Klamath river. These necessary actions will help lead to the restoration of the river habitat, and recreate a home for salmon and other species. The restoration of these waters is an accomplishment and reinforcement of sovereignty; of food, of culture, of history, and of ecological education. We invite you to read more about the Klamath Dam removal project and lessons learned below:

Annual conference registration is now open! We are offering both single day and full conference options to accommodate the needs and availability of our community members.

Registration Link 


Native American Cultural Encampments 2024

Summer camp

Come to the Native American Cultural Encampments summer of 2024, with Deitrich Peters and friends. The public is invited to come learn about Native culture, explore handcrafts and items for sale, watch the Pow-wow style dancing (there is usually one dance where you are invited to participate) and practice traditional skills and crafts. Listen to some beautiful flute playing, enjoy stories, and explore the drum and more. Many different tribes are represented at these gatherings.

SCEC will be there with a table showing Kalapuya Ways items of material culture, and presenting different crafts classes and atlatl throwing. Karen Rainsong, our Executive Director, presents this teaching and may also tell a few Kalapuya stories. 

On Sunday mid afternoon there is a big feast where everyone can eat for free. “Indian tacos” are served. No need to RSVP. Please join us! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 29th – July 1st Roaring River County Park in Scio
  • July 19- 21, Waterloo County Park in Lebanon
  • Aug 23 – 25, Cascadia County Park in Sweethome

For More information please visit: 2024 Summer

Indigenous-Forward Summer Camps

Konaway Nika Tillicum 

July 6-13, 2024Costs covered by SOU
An overnight camp for motivated Native American students completing grades 7-12. Students spend time with tribal elders and leaders during classes, activities, and outdoor presentations. Staying in the dorms of Southern Oregon University, students will experience dining and life on a University campus. Check-in Saturday, enjoy weekend activities, classes Monday-Friday with special presentations, after-class cultural events, and attendance to an Oregon Shakespeare play. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2024!

Tryon Forest Adventures 

Weekly sessions from June 17 - August 15 $375-425 per session
Friends of Tryon Creek is a community-supported nonprofit connecting youth ages 6-14 to nature. We create inclusive space for families to make memories and friendship forged in the forest. Session topics include Animals, Trees, Navigation, and Water and will repeat. Members pay $375, non-members pay $425.

14th Annual THRIVE Youth Conference

 June 24-25, 2024 FREE
Build protective factors through creative self-expression using traditional learning strategies. Connect with mentors and other Native youth ages 13-19. Learn about healthy behaviors and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Embrace their cultural pride and enhance resiliency. Sponsored NW Portland Area Indian Health Board. Registration is free. 

Native Youth Wellness Warrior Camp 

June 24-27, 2024 Registration fee $399
The camp is intended to provide healing opportunities and skill development through ceremony, workshops, activities, movement, traditional games, crafts and more! Youth participants will be given tools to live a life of balance and become a good relative. Camp will be hosted by Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde at their Uyxat Powwow Grounds. Available to youths ages 12-18.

CYBERPDX for Native & Indigenous Students 

July 29 - August 2, 2024 FREE
CyberPDX is a no-cost 5-day residential summer STEAM camp at Portland State University designed to introduce Native American and Indigenous high school students to cybersecurity skills, principles, policies, and careers through an interactive STEAM curriculum and career exposure. No prior experience is necessary, begninners are welcome! All food, lodging, and instructional costs are covered by generous donors including lead supporter Spirit Mountain Community Fund. 


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

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 


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

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


Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium 

May 23rd & 24th, 2024 Northwest Indian College

The purpose of the Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium is to honor the life and continue the work of one of the nation’s foremost authors, scholars, and intellectuals who passed away on November 13, 2005.  Throughout his life Deloria maintained ties with friends, tribes, and institutions in the Northwest.  One of his final public appearances was as the plenary speaker at the Robert K. Thomas Symposium held in 2005 at Northwest Indian College.  Following this event he expressed his desire to make the college the site of a yearly symposium in Indigenous Studies.  It is with this mandate in mind that we not only seek to carry out his wishes, but also to name the symposium in his honor. For more information please visit: NWC

United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) 2024 National Conference

June 29th - July 3rd, 2024 Portland, OR

The National UNITY Conference is an impactful five-day youth-led annual event held every July in a pre-selected region of the U.S. The national conference is a place where Native youth voice is encouraged and valued. All activities are planned with safety in mind.In addition, UNITY offers unique youth programming through its UNITY Fire and UNITY Drum. The UNITY Fire, which burns 24-7 during the annual conference and led by alumni fire keepers, is used for social and prayer purposes and has provided conference attendees an opportunity for support, healing and spiritual nourishment. The fire is meant for all beliefs and religions to share their “Good Medicine” with other participants. The UNITY Drum, also led by alumni, is an open drum with roots in the southern style of powwow singing. All youth singers are encouraged to bring their drumsticks to join in. While youth leaders meet, advisors and adults who work with youth are also involved in intense training and networking activities. Adult training may include building rapport, peer-to-peer sharing, conflict resolution, approaches to youth work, and more. For more information please visit: UNITY Conference 

2024 Safe & Civil Schools National Conference

July 14th - 18th, 2024 Portland, OR

Since the first one in 1996, the Safe & Civil Schools National Conference has been a highlight of our yearly work with districts and schools across the country and a valuable professional development opportunity for educators. The Safe & Civil Schools National Conference offers in-depth training sessions, workshops, and networking as well as an opportunity to enjoy and explore one of our nation's most unique and vibrant places—Portland, Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest. In our conference sessions, Educators learn how to create and maintain a full continuum of behavior support so that every student is successful, no matter the level of need. The Safe & Civil Schools multi-tiered system of behavior support (MTSS) addresses all students’ needs with a system of overlapping tiers of support, so there are no gaps and no student falls through the cracks. Attendees learn from our best and most experienced consultants and come away empowered with new strategies for improving school climate, culture, and instruction and practical tools to help all students (even the most challenging ones) succeed. For more information please visit: Safe&Civil

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.

Director- Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Summer Learning Program Analyst

Educational Equity, Safety and Restorative Justice Specialist

Immigrant/ Refugee Student Success Plan Coordinator

Deputy Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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 Youth Advocate

Foster Care Support Specialist

Connections Coach

Human Resources Manager

Alcohol & Drug Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist

Affordable Housing Property Manager

**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

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Save the Date Events

32nd Annual Tamkaliks Celebration

July 19th - 21st The Tamkaliks Committee and Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland are pleased to announce that we are planning the 2024 Tamkaliks Celebration. Each July, the Homeland becomes a place of reunion for descendants of the original inhabitants of waláwa, the Wallowa country. Year after year, participants enjoy three days of song and dance, culminating in a walasit service and Friendship feast. Descendants, locals, and visitors attend together. There are many ways to be involved, contribute, and enjoy. Camping and dancer registration is free. Winners and drums are paid in cash. Big ticket raffle items include a buffalo hide and a Pendleton blanket each year. Food and craft vendors are plentiful. All the comforts of town are just a quick walk across the river. For more information please visit: 32nd Annual Tamkaliks Celebration

18th Annual Traditional Living Waters Pow Wow

Living Waters

OSU Indigenous Youth Camp

OSU camp

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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