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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!


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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.”

University Historian and Archivist Jennifer O’Neal (Grand Ronde) wins Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists

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Congratulations to Jennifer O’Neal!

From the website of the Society of American Archivists:

Jennifer O’Neal, Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist at the University of Oregon (UO) Libraries, is a 2014 recipient of the Diversity Award.

Throughout her career, O’Neal has made contributions that reflect the criteria for the Diversity Award, particularly to American Indian and other indigenous groups. O’Neal joined SAA in 2003, helping to found the Native American Archives Roundtable in 2005. After participating in the drafting of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials in 2006, she participated in a multiyear process to bring awareness about the Protocols and advocated strongly for an SAA endorsement, which had a major impact on the profession’s discussion of Native American archives. O’Neal has continued to take leadership roles and advance issues of diversity via SAA’s Native American Protocols Forum Working Group and through the formation of SAA’s new Cultural Heritage Working Group, for which she currently serves as co-chair.

At UO, O’Neal was a lead instructor for the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute, an initiative that helped provide basic archival training to archivists, records managers, curators, and cultural resources specialists affiliated with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. In addition, she co-teaches a UO honors college course on race and ethnicity in the American West, specifically focusing on the hidden history of the Northern Paiute tribal community.

One supporter noted that O’Neal’s “combined educational endeavors, publications, and continued service to the profession and to tribal communities across the nation make [her] an incredible model for other archivists to strive to emulate.”

O’Neal joins the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project at the University of Houston as the 2014 recipients of the Diversity Award.



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