Greetings Oregon Tribal Leaders, Educators, Parents and Students:
I am happy to announce that our 2014 OIEA Youth Conference host is the University of Oregon and that the conference site will be the University’s Many Nations Longhouse. The theme of this year’s conference is “Engaging our Youth on Sovereignty Here and Now”.
OIEA’ longtime Youth Committee leader, Ramona “Tedi” Tanewasha, Higher Educations Director, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs retired in December, 2013. Tedi’s responsibilities have been passed on to Urbana Ross, OIEA Treasurer and Valerie Switzler, OIEA Historian. Planning and organizing the OIEA Youth Conference is a big task and, in this letter we want to express our appreciation to Tedi for her many years of compassion, dedication and commitment to serving our youth, parents, and educators, to better our students’ opportunities for educational and career success.
This OIEA Youth Conference announcement comes less than three weeks before the conference, but we expect an excellent turn out of youth, parents, educators and tribal leaders. This year’s conference program has been shortened to make the best use of the time available. We are excited and happy to announce that the University will sponsor 40 football tickets to the October 2 (Thursday night) Oregon Ducks vs. Arizona Wildcats game. The tickets will be made available to the first 40 students and chaperones who register for the conference on October 2nd . Kick off for the game is 7:30 p.m.
We anticipate that the conference workshops and guest speakers will inform, motivate and excite the students and chaperones regarding the recent trends in education, health, and career planning.
We look forward to seeing you at the Many Nations Longhouse, University of Oregon, October 2, & 3, 2014. If you have any questions please contact me at email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone no. 541-615-0979, or Valerie Switzler, at email: email@example.com.
Urbana Ross, OIEA Treasurer