Indigenous Peoples Day Events

The origins of Indigenous Peoples Day date back to 1989 when the South Dakota legislature passed legislation changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Native American Day, celebrating the day for the first time in 1990. Two years later, in 1992, Berkeley, California, began replaced Columbus Day by celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.

Indigenous Peoples Day Events

Many Nations–Oregon Tribal Flags Exhibit

Friday, October 7 – 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1680 East 15th Avenue
Free Entry

Oregon is home to nine independent tribal nations. Journey into the history and meanings of each nation’s flag while celebrating the opening of the Oregon Tribal Flags exhibit at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The exhibit runs November 30, 2016.

Ducks vs. Huskies Watch Party

Saturday, October 8, 2016 Time 4:00 p.m.
John Straub Memorial Hall, Room 156

The Native American Alumni Association, the UOAA and UO Admissions are hosting a double celebration of spirit and community—a reunion for Native American alumni, students, faculty, family, and friends, and a celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day! The reunion will take place at John Straub Memorial Hall at 4:00 where we will be barbequing and live streaming the UO vs. UW football game. Connect and socialize with fellow Native American Duck alumni and commemorate this memorable celebration. This event is free for all who RSVP by Wednesday, September 28.

University of Oregon's Annual Indigenous Solidarity Day

Monday, October 10, 2016, Times as noted
All events held in the EMU amplitheatre unless otherwise noted

Join the Native American Student Union in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day.

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:15 a.m.–10:29 a.m. Ecuadoran Dancers
10:20 a.m.–10:25 a.m. Ada Ball - Speaks about Eugene's recognition of the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day
10:25 a.m.–10:55 a.m. Kirby Brown - Cherokee
10:55 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Ecuadorian Dancers
11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Gregg Sutterlict- Language Revitalization; Heritage University, Sahaptin Language Teacher, Yakama and Chehalis
11:30 a.m.–11:35 a.m. Ecuadorian Dancers
11:35 a.m.–12:05 p.m. Carma Corcoran - Indian Law College, Importance of Sovereignty Law; Lewis and Clark, Chippewa-Cree
12:05 p.m.–12:10 p.m. Ecuadorian Dancers
12:10 p.m.–12:55 p.m. Catalina Chumbi - Shuar from South America, with Erika Lincango, Kitu from South America - UO Women's Center
12:55 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Ecuadorian Dancers
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Tony Johnson - Federal Acknowledgement as Illustrated by the Chinook Indian Nation
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Lunch in the Longhouse

Indigenous Peoples Day Reception

Monday, October 10 – 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Many Nations Longhouse, 1630 Columbia Street

Guests will also have the opportunity to view several exhibits, including the Many Nations–Oregon Tribal Flags exhibit at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, adjacent to the Many Nations Longhouse.

Indigenous Peoples Day Panel Discussion: Native American Mascots in Sports: Challenging the Persistence and Reinforcement of Stereotypes

Monday, October 10 – 4:30 p.m.
Many Nations Longhouse, 1630 Columbia Street
Free Entry

The Many Nations Longhouse panel discussion, Native American Mascots in Sports: Challenging the Persistence and Reinforcement of Stereotypes, will examine the appropriation and misuse of Native American names and mascots in sports.

Jason Younker, the UO's assistant vice president and advisor to the president on sovereignty and government-to-government relations, will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include:

  • Jacqueline Keeler (Navajo, Yankton Dakota), founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry
  • Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama), from the Indigenous Ways of Knowing program at Lewis and Clark College

This event is made possible with support from the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in partnership with the Many Nations Longhouse, Native American Studies, Native American Student Union, and Native American Law Student Association.