Revisiting the Schools I Attended

As a native person, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a descendant of the Santiam, Takelma, and Chinook peoples of western Oregon, I have noted that many of the schools I attended were named for prominent persons in the settler community many of whom had interactions with tribes. I first noted … More Revisiting the Schools I Attended

Lost Horses & Rights of Native Peoples in Salem, Oregon 1875

In 1875 a good number of letters were sent around to Indian agents about Indians who had “illegally” left the reservations and who were living in a settler community, about small minor crimes and disturbances by Indians from the Dalles to Roseburg. During this time the federal government was in the midst of taking several … More Lost Horses & Rights of Native Peoples in Salem, Oregon 1875

Collision of the Sun, Moon, and Earth at Salem, Oregon

This summer the eclipse has been the major story for Oregon, especially in the path of totality, which I am in, in Salem. Many folks from the region will try to get into the path to apparently find some sort of spiritual experience. Oregon Department of Transportation is predicting upwards of 1 Million visitors. The … More Collision of the Sun, Moon, and Earth at Salem, Oregon

Why Drink Water When You Can Drink Beer! Brewing and Juicing in Salem

Today, we all are enjoying the surge of microbreweries and beer production on Oregon. It’s one of the industries known to have developed in the Northwest, and microbreweries are a part of the culture of all towns in Oregon. It’s big business and even national beer companies are getting into the microbrew market. But this … More Why Drink Water When You Can Drink Beer! Brewing and Juicing in Salem

Travels, Campmeetings, and Off-Rez Settlements of the Western Oregon Tribes

In recent years, histories of the Indians of Oregon have come under scrutiny by a cadre of historians and anthropologists. Questioned now are events that took place in Oregon, how the events unfolded and some of the “facts” of native history that most people have come to assume are the only history of Native peoples in … More Travels, Campmeetings, and Off-Rez Settlements of the Western Oregon Tribes