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Jason Younker, Chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe, Joins Elakha Board

Since the passing of Chief Don Ivy last summer, the Elakha Alliance Board of Directors has been without a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe.  We are very pleased to announce that Jason Younker, now Chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe, has agreed to serve on the Elakha board.  He grew up on South Slough and Charleston on Coos Bay and wishes to extend and honor the legacy of his uncle, Chief Don Ivy.  Jason is a very busy man; he is Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations at the University of Oregon.  He received his PhD in Anthropology from the UO in 2004 and spent a decade teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology before returning to Oregon.  He is the Past-President of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists.