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October 9, 2015

University of Oregon Future Stewards Program!!!

The Graduate School of the University of Oregon is pleased to announce the Future Stewards Program, designed in cooperation with the office of the Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations.  The program will provide an opportunity to work with the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon to help to make graduate education more accessible for their members.  It is our hope that tribal members who have earned graduate degrees at the University of Oregon will be able to return home to become stewards of their communities who will support their traditional culture, foster educational opportunities, and promote economic development.

The University of Oregon Graduate School will provide up to two years (six regular terms) of tuition support for students in masters, or doctoral programs.  Doctoral students may use their waivers to support terms without teaching during the two year eligibility period.

To be eligible to receive a tuition waiver award (worth approximately $17,500), the student’s tribe will agree to pay mandatory student fees (about $600 per term) and provide health insurance and a stipend to support other costs of attendance.

In Academic Year 2015-16, waiver awards will be available only to current UO students (with the required tribal support).  Beginning in Academic Year 2016-17, priority will be given to new students to the University of Oregon. Tuition support will be awarded for three terms during the regular academic year. Up to five awards will be made each academic year.

To be eligible a student must be admitted to a graduate program at the University of Oregon.   To be considered, the student will need to submit a waiver award application and include both a statement of academic purpose (describing her or his interests and academic plan) and a letter of support from her or his tribe confirming tribal support (including the amounts to be provided for fees, insurance, and stipend).  Transcripts and letters of recommendation provided through the admission process will also be reviewed.  Review and selection will be conducted by a committee consisting of the Dean of the Graduate School, the Assistant Vice President, and one other faculty member.

In Academic Year 2015-16, applicants for support will be asked to submit their applications materials by December 1 for to request fall term tuition support.  Students may apply for winter tuition support by December 1 and Spring tuition support by February 1.  Students who receive an award for Academic Year 2015-16 may request up to three more terms of tuition support for Academic Year 2016-17.

Applications for Academic Year 2016-17 funding will be due on or before April 1.  If funding remains after initial awards are made, a second round of applications will be considered with a September 1 deadline.

For more information contact Jason Younker, Assistant Vice President ( or Scott L. Pratt, Dean of the Graduate School (

September 25, 2015

Udall Foundation Opportunities

Registration now open: NILI’s 2015-2016 Native language teacher courses

NILI is excited to announce that registration is now open for the first course (“Lifelong Language Learning”), in a series of three!  Below are the descriptions, registration links, costs, and dates of the courses.  For convenience, we’ve included a flyer with all the information on it.

Download the flyer: NILI Online Course Flyer

Northwest Indian Language Institute
Online Course Descriptions

The Northwest Indian Language Institute at the University of Oregon is offering a year-long series of online courses specifically developed for people currently teaching their Native American languages. The one-unit classes are designed for in-service teachers working in language revitalization context. Each course is 10 weeks long following the university’s calendar. Undergraduate or graduate credit is available, and either graded or pass/no pass options can be chosen. These classes are purely online, with no set meeting times, but with firm assignment/task deadlines.  The classes are discussion based and centered on a series of weekly readings, videos, resources, peer and instructor interactions, and tasks. Ideally, the courses should be taken sequentially for maximum benefit.

Lifelong Language Learning (one unit)
Fall Term (September 28, 2015 – December 4, 2015)
Undergraduate: $170.00; Graduate: $240.00
Many Native language teachers are themselves learners of their heritage language. This class is designed to support Native language teachers by building lifelong language learning skills with a language first approach. We will focus on developing skills for independent, long-term learning of language. Specifically we will address issues such as building learning communities, accessing language resources, making use of learning strategies, setting goals, monitoring progress, and improving or maintaining motivation. Particular challenges to many Native languages-such as small speaking communities and unique sound systems-will be covered.
Undergraduate registration link
LING 410 (CRN 17382):
Graduate registration link
LING 510 (CRN 17383):

Teaching Your Language to Others (one unit)
Winter Term (January 4, 2016 – March 11, 2016)
Undergraduate: $170.00; Graduate: $240.00
Participants in this second course will build skills for teaching their language to others and plan and develop a teaching unit. Becoming a language teacher can be about teaching your own children, becoming a language mentor, or becoming a formal teacher in a school or language program. What methods work best in indigenous language teaching? How can I adapt techniques to my own language and teaching context? This course is designed to expand your “toolkit” so you can better share your knowledge and spread your language to students, friends, family and others.
Undergraduate registration link
LING 410 (CRN 26776):
Graduate registration link
LING 510 (CRN 26777):

Enriching Language Communities (one unit)
Spring Term (March 28, 2016 – June 3, 2016)
Undergraduate: $170.00; Graduate: $240.00
Languages are best revitalized when an entire speech community is invested and energized. In the third class, we will be focusing on what is sometimes called “language activism,” specifically building and enhancing your speech community as well as equipping that community to succeed in the challenging task of indigenous language revitalization. Activities and topics for the class will include, promoting language use, building training sessions for community and staff, developing grant writing skills, building connections and allies, and sharing ideas with other language programs. As a final project, participants will develop a community based action plan and carry that plan out as part of an experiment in language activism.
Undergraduate registration link
Graduate registration link


August 28, 2015

Chinuk Wawa Language Offerings at LCC

Chinuk Wawa 101-103 and Chinuk Wawa 201-203, included in the list of course requirements for the Native American Studies minor, are about to start again at Lane Community College.

Interested students, especially those on financial aid, should be aware that the Lane/University of Oregon Dual Enrollment Program will allow them to take Chinuk Wawa at LCC and have it count immediately and seamlessly at the U-O within their own full-time load. This allows students not to have to take Chinuk Wawa on top of a full-time University schedule.

The Lane/U-O Dual Enrollment Program has no application fee. It’s short (one page), and will make life easier for your students on financial aid.

The deadline for applications is three weeks before the start of classes for fall term, two weeks before the start of classes in following terms.

Please note that we have changed our “AIL” designation for classes to “CW.” The classes formerly known as AIL 101-103 and AIL 201-203 are now known as CW 101-103 and CW 201-203.

August 26, 2015

Native Studies Research Colloquium, 2015-16: Call for Papers/Presentations

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Native Strategic Initiatives seeks participations and proposals for the Native Studies Research Colloquium Series for the 2015-2016 academic year. Gathering 2-3 times per term in the Many Nations Longhouse (dates/times TBD), the colloquium series provides a forum to share ideas and scholarship, provide support and visibility for Native Studies on campus, and continue to build an intellectual community here at UO.

Last year’s series was a great success, bringing scholars and community members from across disciplines at all levels of the academy to discuss everything from Native theater and environmental justice to Native feminist reading methodologies to the role of gender in defining indigenous climate change experiences. We’d like to continue that momentum this year and invite individual proposals or panel sessions focusing on research, scholarship, pedagogy or creative work with significant Native content. Presentations at all levels of development are welcome, including recently-published work that we might engage, discuss, and more importantly, celebrate as a community.

If you’d like to propose a topic or have a specific idea, please send a short description along with a brief biography and the term in which you prefer to present to Lani Teves ( We’ll work with the Longhouse and potential presenters to develop a schedule of events which should be finalized by mid-to-late-September.

Take Sahaptin/Ichishkíin I – LING 199, 5 credits, CRN 13593!!!

Learn a unique language and gain a new perspective on the culture and history of the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest here at UO!


Take Sahaptin/Ichishkíin I – LING 199, 5 credits, CRN 13593Ichishkiin_Fall2015

Yakima Ichishkíin (Sahaptin), a Native American language of the Columbia River area of Oregon and Washington, will be taught at the University of Oregon in the 2015-16 school year. Materials have been developed in part by Yakama Elder and UO graduate Dr. Virginia Beavert, highly respected and renowned language activist and scholar.

Yakima and related dialects are still spoken in the region today, in the Yakama Nation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian ReservationThe language is critically endangered, and this course adds to language preservation efforts. As a student in this class you will have the opportunity to visit these communities and contribute to the expansion of vital language resource materials.

If taken for two years, the course will satisfy the BA language requirement. The course will also be of interest to students wanting to understand more about Northwest Native history and cultures, or who want an opportunity to study and understand a language radically different from English.

Questions? Contact Regan Anderson ( or Robert Elliott ( at the Northwest Indian Language Institute.

March 30, 2015

Packed Fall Term in Native Studies @ UO!


Fall 2015 is going to be an exciting term for Native Studies @ UO! Check out the Native Studies “Events,” “Announcements,” and “Calendar” pages and mark your calendars to attend this important programming!

For a complete list of NAS course offerings, click here.

March 6, 2015

UO Alum Tana Atchley (Modoc/Paiute/Karuk) Speaks on Educational Equity and the Oregon Community Foundation

Check out Tana’s spotlight here:

February 23, 2015

Congratulations to UO Ethnic Studies Graduate, Natalie Ball (Klamath, Modoc)


Mapping Coyote Black is an installation that engages theories that challenge mainstream ideas of indigeneity, race and ethnicity; specifically lives, like my own, at the intersection of native and black.Native lives and black lives are often lived within racial intersections that remain hidden or unacknowledged for various reasons. This installation challenges assumptions about the limits of indigeneity and blackness and engages the viewer through mapping, refusal, desire, revenge, and haunting. My installation creates a new auto ethnographic narrative, a narrative mapping of untold histories that lends itself to new possible futures.

For more information, visit

January 14, 2015

Oregon Humanities Center VPRI Completion Fellowship

ProfilePictureCongratulations to NAS faculty and advisory board member, Kirby Brown, who was recently awarded with an Oregon Humanities Center VPRI Completion Fellowship for 2015-2016 and a VPRI Summer Research Stipend!  Professor Brown will use the awards to complete an article on the gendered politics of resistance in the short stories of Ruth Muskrat Bronson and his book manuscript entitled, “Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing.”

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