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.
Event is Free to Students and Community Members
This Conference is dedicated to the life and legacy of Chief Don Ivy. Chief Ivy was an esteemed member of the Elakha Alliance Board, and a wonderful voice for ocean conservation. When Chief Ivy was recognized as the Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Distinguished Alumnus in the Spring of 2021, several individuals associated with the Elakha Alliance were in the virtual audience. The idea of hosting an event on the south coast involving Elakha and sense of place was brought up. Following Don’s passing in July. 2021 we began to plan a conference dedicated to many of the tenets that Chief Ivy lived by, among them: recognizing the cultural identity of Native Peoples of the region, supporting education, improving community and fostering a greater awareness for land stewardship. It is our intent that those attending this conference will go forward with a better “sense of place”. It is also our hope, that like Don, we will all go out and “think deeply, make an impact, share our knowledge and go on to encourage others to do the same.”
This event will take place Saturday April 16th, from 1-4pm. We expect to be live in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Coos Bay campus and also streaming via Livestream at the college website. For full details, please visit this website.