COVID-19 Response and Reopening

Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, 11/4/2020 from 6 p.m. to 11/18/2020 at 7:30 p.m.


Honoring Native American Heritage Month at COCC

Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is commemorating Native American Heritage Month with a trio of virtual events: Nov. 4, 12 & 18. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Jefferson Greene, of the Columbia River Institute for Indigenous Development Foundation, will present “Keeping Customs Thriving” from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, via Zoom: Greene, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, will discuss means of sustaining culture through language, cultural harvesting, song, dance and story.

“Responding to a Pandemic: An Indigenous Perspective,” is the focus of a talk from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, via Zoom: Hear firsthand stories from presenters Emily Washines (from Yakama Nation, with Cree and Skokmish heritage) and Chuck Sams (of Cayuse, Walla Walla, Cocopah and Yankton Sioux heritage) of the different ways in which tribes have responded to the pandemic, as indigenous populations face a disproportionate impact from the health crisis.

Join a Native fry bread cooking demonstration with Joie Simtustus-Chavez, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, via Zoom: Simtustus-Chavez learned how to make this customary food from her grandmother and mother, with the recipe handed down in the oral tradition. Please have the following ingredients assembled prior to the event: flour, salt, baking powder and warm water.

For information on these events, contact Michelle Cary, Native American program coordinator, at 541-318-3782 or

Native American Celebration