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Native American Heritage Month

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month, most commonly known as Native American Heritage Month. This month aims to provide a platform for native people to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. As we recognize the rich cultural heritage of Native Americans, it is also important to acknowledge the history of killing, expropriation of lands, exploitation, enslavement, and broken treaties that have affected this population. Native American Heritage Month commemorates the rich culture of Native and Indigenous people as well as our painful past.


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Check out the events hosted in 2015 


November 19, 2015 from 5 PM - 6 PM in the J.R. Howard Lobby 

Glimpses of Yakama

Please join us as Alternative Fall Break student participants share their experiences and lessons learned from their trip to Yakama Nation.

Student Leadership and Service’s (SLS) Alternative Break program engages undergraduates in overnight trips that explore social change strategies through place-based service and learning activities. Alternative Fall Break participants met with Yakama-based scholars and activists to learn about their farmworker rights advocacy and cultural revitalization efforts . 

The J.R. Howard Lobby can be found near the SQRC and the Watzek Library. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is co-sponsored by the Lewis & Clark College Departments of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement and Student Leadership and Service. 

For more information, please contact Harold McNaron at




November 30, 2015 @ 6:00 PM in Gregg Pavilion

From the Rez to The White House: Dr. Amanda Tachine’s Journey of Gratitude

Dr. Amanda Tachine, a postdoctoral scholar at Arizona State University’s Center for Indian Education, was one of 11 young women recently honored this past September as a “Champions of Change” by President Obama for her work with Native youth, college students, and families.

Dr. Tachine will be sharing her journey to her doctorate degree, as well as her research and practice in the areas of access and equity in education for Native Americans.

Dr. Tachine is Navajo from Ganado, Arizona. She is Náneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Zuni Red Running into Water clan) born for Tl’izilani (Many Goats clan). Her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tábaahí (Water’s Edge) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Ashiihi (Salt).

Dr. Tachine received her doctoral degree in Higher Education at The University of Arizona. Her research centers on exploring college access and persistence among Native college students and seeking strategies to increase their degree attainment. She has lead efforts in a dynamic mentoring program, Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency) where underrepresented students, primarily Native college students provide college access mentorship to Native high school students.

Dr. Tachine has published thought pieces in the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and The Hill through her role as a Public Voices Op-Ed Fellow.

This event is co-sponsored by LC Inclusion Multicultural Engagement; Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling’s Indigenous Ways of Knowing program; Lewis & Clark Law School Indian Law Program; Oregon Native American Chamber, Native American Law Students Association of Lewis and Clark Law School; the Lewis & Clark College Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

For more information, please email