Oregon Council for the Humanities' Fall 2007 Commonplace Lecture:
"Roads, Interstates, and the Oregon Trail: The Urban Indian Experience in the Rural West:
On Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m., Mark Trahant, editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe of Idaho, will discuss the challenges faced by urban Indians in a free public lecture at Portland State University's Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St., Portland. A public reception will 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 Portland¹s urban Indian population (the nation¹s 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 OCH¹s publication of the book, The First Oregonians, a collection of essays written primarily by representatives fromOregon'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.