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Lecture: Lecture Roads, Interstates, and the Oregon Trail: The Urban Indian Experience in the Rural West
Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:00pm
Oregon Council for the Humanities
Fall 2007 Commonplace Lecture

Roads, Interstates, and the Oregon Trail: The Urban Indian Experience in the Rural West

Mark Trahant, editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe of Idaho, will deliver the Oregon Council for the Humanities Fall 2007 Commonplace Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

Trahant, who was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting as co-author of a series on federal-Indian policy, will discuss the challenges faced by the members of Portland's urban Indian population (the nation's ninth-largest), many of whom find themselves torn between the opportunities available in the cities and the history and culture of the reservations.

Trahant's lecture coincides with OCH's publication of the book, The First Oregonians, a collection of essays written primarily by representatives from Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes that provides a comprehensive view of Oregon's native peoples from the past to the present. The book will be available for purchase in October 2007.

When: Friday, October 26, 2007
Where: Portland State University's Native American Student and Community Center (710 SW Jackson St.)
Time: 7:00 pm

OCH's Commonplace Lectures connect ideas and places. Commonplace Lectures are offered three times a year throughout the state and are also published as chapbooks.

OCH is a Portland-based, independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that is dedicated to the belief that knowledge and ideas are fundamental to the health of our communities. More information about OCH's programs and publications, which include Oregon Chautauqua, Humanity in Perspective, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at www.oregonhum.org.