I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and a descendant of the Santiam Kalapuya, Chinook, Molalla, Takelma, and Yoncalla Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. I am past manager of the Grand Ronde Cultural Resources Department, and past Tribal Museum Curator & Tribal Historian. I have a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oregon, was Director of the Southwest Oregon Research Project, and served two terms as a commission member, and 2 years as the chair of the Oregon Heritage Commission. My dissertation is “Termination of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde: History, Politics, Identity.” I currently live in Salem with wife Donna and sons Saghaley and Inatye.
I regularly create presentations for community groups, heritage organizations and university classes. The majority of the presentations are about the tribes of western Oregon, and I can tailor make any presentation for any area and tribe in the region. There are many tribal regions in Oregon and I have studied a good number of them, including Willamette valley, Umpqua Valley, Rogue River valley, Oregon Coast, Columbia River, Eastern Oregon, Klamath basin, and area of northern California (Tolowa mainly) and areas of southern Washington. Then, there are significant themes in the region that can be addressed; termination of the tribes, treaties, reservations, environmental change, ethnobotany, diseases, removals, volunteer militias, actions of Indian agents, genealogy, logging and agricultural farm worker traditions, and historiography in Oregon. I have written and published numerous articles about the history of the tribes of Oregon, and surrounding area.
Contact Me (dgl.coyotez @ gmail.com) for consultation about projects in anthropological & ethnohistorical research, writing, and editing. I have worked on projects for museums, historical societies, heritage organizations, and individuals interested in writing their family biography. Most recently he has worked on Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) nominations for the Coquille Indian Tribe, and Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw. I am a recognized professional in archival organization, in anthropological, and historical research.
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