Special Event     Series: 175 Years after the Oregon Trail

Ancient Cultures, Contemporary Stereotypes, Working with Modern Tribal Governments

Free / Open to federal, state, county, and local officials

Bring your lunch!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
12PM – 1:30PM

Baker County Library District, Central Library
2400 Resort St.
Baker City, Oregon 97814
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Event Type: Special EventLocation: Baker City

Oregon is Indian Country! In Northeast Oregon, four Columbia River Plateau tribes have called the region home for millennia.  Working with tribal governments requires awareness of differences between governments and knowledge of contacts. Staff of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will engage locals in a brown bag environment.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Chuck Sams is Cayuse, Walla Walla, Cocopah, and Yankton Sioux.  He grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Northeast Oregon. He serves as the Communications Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Prior positions include Interim Executive and Deputy Executive Director and Environmental Health and Safety Officer/Planner in the Tribal Planning Office for the CTUIR, President/Chief Executive Officer of Indian Country Conservancy, Executive Director for the Umatilla Tribal Community Foundation, and National Director of the Tribal & Native Lands Program for the Trust for Public Land.  Chuck has served over 25 years in the nonprofit and governmental field.  Chuck holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Concordia University.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as an intelligence specialist.  He resides on the Umatilla Indian Reservation with his wife Lori and their four children.

Chuck Sams

Roberta (Bobbie) Conner is the director of Tamástslikt (Tah-MAHST-slickt) Cultural Institute, the 45,000 square foot tribally-owned museum on the Umatilla Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon, which opened in 1998. The Institute has three goals: to accurately present the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla peoples history, to perpetuate knowledge of their history and culture, and to contribute to the Tribal economy. Before moving home to Pendleton in 1997, Bobbie worked for the U. S. Small Business Administration for 13 years starting as a Presidential Management Intern and departing from the Sacramento District Director post. She also worked for an Indian non-profit organization in Seattle serving Indian education projects in the Northwest for five years. Bobbie is Cayuse, Umatilla and Nez Perce and is enrolled at the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla. She is a graduate of Pendleton High School, the University of Oregon, and Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management. She is the Vice Chair of Eastern Oregon University’s inaugural Board of Trustees, is on the Ecotrust Board of Directors, and serves on the Tribes’ Land Acquisition Committee and the Wallowa-based Tamkaliks Celebration Committee. She chaired the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian in 2012 and 2013 during service from 2008 to 2014. She also served on the Board of Directors for the American Alliance of Museums from 2008-2014. She co-authored a chapter in As Days Go By (2006), the Tribes’ own history book; penned a chapter in Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes (2006, edited by Alvin Josephy); authored an introduction for Pendleton Round-Up at 100 (2009); wrote the introduction to the Treaty Edition of The Cayuse Indians Imperial Tribesmen of Old Oregon; and is an editor and contributor to Cáw Pawá Láakni, They Are Not Forgotten, the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla native place names atlas published in October 2015. The Tribes’ atlas project was awarded High Honors by the Harvard Honoring Nations Program in October 2016.

Roberta Conner

175 Years After the Oregon Trail

Reflecting on the 175th anniversary of the first major Oregon Trail overland migrations, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute offers Baker City audiences a variety of public programs on the history and contemporary life and governance of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Throughout the day, Tamástslikt and CTUIR staff will offer free programs designed specifically for heritage site volunteers and staff-members; local, regional, and state government employees; educators; and the general public. See Related Events for specific audiences, times, and locations of the other events in this series.

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute

This project is supported in part by a grant from: