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Native American Day

Lacy Luton and Ruth Coyote (Cayuse), Moorehouse Collection, PH036, University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives

Did you know that today is Native American Day? Although we nationally celebrate Native American   Heritage  month during November each year, the fourth Friday in September is observed by various states and specific tribal communities as Native American Day. This is historically traced back to 1968, when California Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution designating the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day. In 1998, the California State Assembly enacted legislation creating Native American Day as an official state holiday. In turn, numerous other state and tribal governments followed suit to observe Native American Day on the fourth Friday in September.

In honor of this very important day, we would like to highlight our various Native American collections that represent the breadth and scope of the tribal communities across Oregon and the greater Northwest. We honor their history and beauty that resonates in the past, present, and future generations.

For a comprehensive list of our Native American collections, see our Tribal Legacies project. The database presents a first step in providing extended access to materials pertaining to Native American ethnography and history in the University of Oregon Libraries. The digital collection brings together information from UO Libraries’ documents, maps, photographs, and manuscript collections.  Focusing on the Pacific Northwest, the collections feature archival materials that contain either brief references to indigenous people or are completely dedicated to their coverage.  In the spirit of document accessibility, Tribal Legacies highlights relevant collections, from nineteenth century Alaska Native ethnography to Klamath Restoration, to provide a comprehensive source for academic research and Native American documentation. Researchers can browse the collection by culture/group, organization, subject, time period, collection, or material type. In addition, you can also do specific searches within the collection. The site also has related resources including specific digital collections, resources at the UO Libraries, and links to external websites. Numerous individuals across the campus worked on this project and their efforts have been acknowledged here–thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

Chief No Shirt and Wife, Moorehouse Collection, University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives, PH036

For questions related to any of these collections, please contact us directly.

Jennifer R. O’Neal (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde)
Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist


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