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EMU Tribal Flag Raising

By Nikki Silvestrini

In late September, a flag raising ceremony at the EMU amphitheater saw the flags of Oregon’s Nine Confederated Tribes go up. I sat down with Gordon Bettles, the Many Nations Longhouse Steward, to follow-up on the project. The flag raising was a student driven project that started two and half years ago when Famery Yang, Orion Falvey, Hannah Mixon-Gilliam, Michael Johnson, Tucker Lokendah and Tetsuya Mishagwho – students at the Lundquist College of Business – came together to increase tribal visibility on the UO campus. This student group collaborated with the Many Nations Longhouse, the Native American Student Union, and the Native American Law School Student Association to make the project a reality. Student leaders Falvey and Mixon-Gilliam stayed with the project from beginning to end. Despite some struggles with time constraints and bureaucratic regulations the students involved have left something lasting. Bettles says, “The Native American students that have gone and seen them or participated are very empowered to see a Native American presence on campus.”

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November 2014 Highlights

EMU Tribal Flag Raising Ceremony 
Graduate Research Fellow Nikki Silvestrini follows up with Gordon Bettles, the Many Nations Longhouse Steward, on the event that occurred late September.

OFN Exhibit: Hooks, Yarns, & Bars
The OFN office is now featuring this exhibit curated by Lyle Murphy.

Meet OFN’s New Graduate Research Fellow
Kelly Nulty is a first year Master’s student and will serve as a Graduate Assistant for the 2014-2015 academic year.