Salmon bake celebrates tribal traditions

Joe Tuckta, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, performs a traditional dance for the crowd during the First Nations Student Union Salmon Bake at Central Oregon Community College on Saturday, June 2, 2018. (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)

Central Oregon Community College will begin recognizing the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, after a unanimous vote by the college’s board of directors last week.

The move comes after the college last year adopted a land acknowledgement to recognize and pay respect to the original stewards of the land on which its campuses reside.

The college will offer a variety of free public programing on Oct. 11 to celebrate. 

Christy Walker, the college's director of diversity and inclusion, said "In addition to this annual recognition, the college’s office of diversity and inclusion, Native American program and the diversity committee will curate educational and social activities and offer public events to create greater awareness and appreciation of Indigenous peoples and their cultures."

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