COVID-19 Response and Reopening

Native American Virtual Salmon Bake

Monday, 5/24/2021 from 9 a.m. to 5/28/2021 at 5 p.m.

Virtual Events

The First Nations Student Union at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is turning its annual Salmon Bake celebration into a trio of free cultural events, May 24-28, all accessed remotely. Several of the events feature members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Forgoing the popular in-person event this year due to COVID-19 concerns, the student group and the college's Native American program are instead presenting virtual events via live and prerecorded sessions.

Fry Bread making demonstration with Joie Simtustus
Monday, May 24 - Friday, May 28

Joie is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and is graciously allowing us to re-post the fabulous fry bread video we made in the fall. Joie is also a former COCC student and is now taking classes at OSU Cascades. Joie will share the fry bread recipe that her grandmother shared with with her. You may view this 20-30 minute video at any time during the week of May 24 - 28. Watch now: Fry bread making video

Salmon Is Everything
Wednesday, May 26, 5:30 p.m.

The students of the First Nations Student Union will present a live, read-aloud version of the play, Salmon Is Everything.  This play is based on the Klamath people and the loss of salmon in the Klamath River. More details to follow.

Smoke Signals Film Screening
Thursday, May 27, All Day

This film debuted in 1998 and is recognized as the first feature length, film written, directed, produced, and starring Native Americans.  While this film is full of laugh-out-loud comedy, it also does an excellent job addressing underlying issues still faced on reservations today.  Please log on at any time throughout the day to enjoy this classic film.  More details to follow. 

For more information and videos visit: Native American Virtual Salmon Bake Event Details

Michelle Cary, Native American Program Coordinator at COCC at 541-318-3782 or


2021 Virtual Salmon Bake - May 24-28