Negotiating the concept of Land Grant with Indigenous understandings of place and being is critical in recognizing and acknowledging the intersection of our complex history, our current realities and our future hopes and desires. OSU150 affords us the opportunity to reflect not only upon the notion of the Land Grant but also to reflect on the Land itself, its many meanings and more importantly on our relationships to Native nations who remain the original stewards.

Standing Strong The Tribal Nations of Western Oregon

Much of where OSU now stands is upon lands ceded by treaties signed between Indigenous nations and the U.S. Government. This relationship between land, peoples and recognition needs to be continuously reaffirmed. As the “supreme law of the land”, treaties define not only who and what we are as a nation but also who we are legally and morally. As we reflect on OSU150 and our Land Grant mission to serve the peoples of Oregon, let us also consider how we might reframe our next 150 years. In what ways might OSU not only acknowledge the long and complex history of its Land Grant origins, but also seek to advance greater and deeper relationships and understandings with Native nations throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, in honor of developing a deeper understanding of our shared treaty responsibilities, Oregon State University will host a series of speakers and topics related to indigenous issues. We are all treaty people is a reminder to all of us, both Native and non-Native, that by learning about our colonial past we can renew our relationships with each other and move towards meaningful reconciliation.

Tribal Forestry

Throughout 2019

The 2019 Starker Lecture Series will focus on tribal forestry. Aspects of tribal forestry are unique, but others look similar to private and public land management throughout our state and nation. Full Schedule

Salmon Bake

May 17, 2019

Join us for this free community event that celebrates the Indigenous salmon culture of the Pacific Northwest! At the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 12-2:30 pm.

Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow

May 18, 2019

Come join us for the 43rd Annual Klatowa Eena Powwow at Oregon State University! The event is free and open to the public. At Gill Colliseum; Grand Entry at 1 pm and 6 pm.


Dr. Kirby Brown Book Reading and Lecture

October 2018

Sovereignty 101 regarding the unique legal relationship and status of Native Americans in the United States.

Tribal Leaders Summit

October 2018

Inaugural Meeting of the Nine Tribes of Oregon with University leadership to share and provide input on advancing a formal relationship with Oregon State University that leads to the following:

  • Greater student access and success
  • Greater collaboration and reciprocal relationships between the Nine Sovereigns and OSU that serve tribal strategic goals and interests.

We are all Treaty People: Sweetwater Nannauck

Jan 12, 2019

Join us for a day of learning together with Sweetwater Nannauck as part of the We Are All Treaty People Speaker Series. You are welcome to join us for one or both of the workshops. Please note that this event is free and open to the public. More Information


Indigenous People's Day

October 8, 2018

Oregon State University and the Native community invite Mayor Biff Traber and President Ed Ray to read the original Corvallis Proclamation organized by OSU Native American Longhouse students and the City of Corvallis acknowledging Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day—thereby making Corvallis the second city in Oregon to make such a public acknowledgement.

Native American Flag Raising

October 8, 2018

Oregon State University recognizes the unique importance and significant history of Oregon Tribes. As sovereign nations with unique governmental relationships the flags of the Nine Tribes of Oregon stand in the OSU Memorial Union Hall of International flags, thus symbolizing the continued presence and sovereignty of the original tribal peoples of Oregon.

The Little Gallery Indigenous Art Honoring Lands and Peoples of Oregon

October 8, 2018

Honoring the history and legacy of Oregon tribal peoples through artistic expressions of survivance. The Little Gallery proudly presents, Reverence, an exhibition showing a selection of works from Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Natalie Ball and Rick Bartow.