Above: Tumwata (Willamette Falls)
In 2021, the Oregon State Legislature voted to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. In doing so, Oregon joined 10 other states in recognizing the significant contributions that Native Americans have made to the U.S.— and more specifically, the contributions of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes to the culture of this state. The Willamette Valley, specifically, is home to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations. The Oregon state legislature passed a bill on May 18, 2021, declaring the second Monday of October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day, replacing Columbus Day.
We invite you to explore these resources to expand your understanding of the history of our land and the culture of our Indigenous community. In our modern-day culture, land is largely seen as a commodity — this was not always the case. We hope this exploration expands your awareness and enriches our community.
Willamette Valley Indigenous People’s Day Events
October 11, 2:00 p.m.
Oregon State Capitol
Native dancing and singing.
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History
October 11, 2021
Free admission to honor Indigenous People’s Day.
WU Honors Indigenous Peoples’ Day with an information table and cake.
Explore a traditional art collection focused on Northwest tribes with an emphasis on tribes from Oregon and more specifically the Willamette Valley.
October 11, 5-6:00 PM
Featured speakers are from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the First Indigenous Nations Society as well as the Corvallis Mayor.
Learning Leads to Understanding
Wenix Red Elk, the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), shares the specifics and preparation of First Foods like salmon, deer, elk, camas bulbs, biscuitroot and huckleberry.
Join a conversation on Indigenizing Theology with Dr. Randy Woodley (Keetoowah Cherokee), Co-Creator and Co-Sustainer of Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice, and Erna Kim Hackett Founder of Liberated Together.
Zenger Farms (website)
Decolonize and Indigenize Your Future
7-month training program: $2,400 per attendee
National Farm Viability Conference
Virtual multi-day event: $100 per attendee
Uprooting Racism in the Food System
3-hour virtual event: $150 per attendee