Southwestern celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day with an online program

Anne Matthews News

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will be hosting an Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration on Monday, October 11, 2021, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. This free event will be virtual over Zoom. The public is invited to join us as we celebrate the culture and contribution of Native people. 

We will be learning about the history of some local Tribes from Jesse Beers, the Cultural Stewardship Manager of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw, and from Robert Kentta, the Cultural Resource Director for the Confederated Tribe of Siletz. Peter Hatch of the Confederated Tribe of Siletz will also be joining us to share information about the Elakha Alliance which is a program to reintroduce sea otters to the Oregon Coast.

Our students and the public will also enjoy YouTube music videos produced by Native artists from around the country. They include PUMYUA (Inuit “soul”, Yupik), DJ Shub (Mohawk) featuring Northern Cree Singers (Saddle Lake Cree Nation), Supaman (Apsaalooke) featuring Ashley Hall, and the Keauhou Band (Hawaiian). 

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Join us as we celebrate the culture and contributions of Indigenous people in the past, present, and future! For more information contact Diana Kaljumagi, Native American Student Coordinator at Southwestern Oregon Community College at [email protected] or (541) 888-7271.