Native American Issues in Rural Oregon
26-31st, seventeen students took a non-traditional action research
approach to understanding about sustainable rural development in America.
Students lived in
Burns Oregon for five days and interacted with the Paiute
population, the related community stakeholders and investigated the
both bind and separate them. By carefully listening to and interacting
different rural community stakeholders including: tribal
leaders, cattle ranchers, school
officials, human health and service providers, education professionals,
extension services, law enforcement, corrections services, and the
commerce, the students developed a better understanding of
the complex cross-cultural issues that rural Oregon communities today.
Course Teaching team: Dwaine
Plaza, Justin Fuller, Kate Sweeney & Kurt Peters
view of downtown Burns Oregon-- Main Street
old buildings circa 1890s could be found in downtown Burns
Students examined the
artifacts in the Harney Museum before heading out on a walking city
The students were never sure if the glyphic in the parking lot was
authentic Native American art.
The city tour of downtown Burns was led by author and Burns resident
Each night the students went to the Paiute Casino to have dinner.
Each morning the students would go to the Apple Peddler for
breakfast (Ann & Lori shown here)
Some students were very happy with their meals-- they even sang each
morning (Alicia, Jake and Mark shown here)
Mary & Jake interviewed Twyla Teenman Tribal Health
Elizabeth & Ron interviewed Tory Gregg the Superintendent of
Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility
Kent & Alicia interviewed Beverly Beers a tribal education
Students actively listened and took notes while each stakeholder
presented their own perspective.
Mark & Hilary interviewed Pauline Brayman our media stakeholder.
Daniel and Annabelle take notes while Connie Brumbeck director of the
Chamber of Commerce talks.
Ruth Shultz (mayor) & Pam Mathur (city manager) for Hinds are
interviewed by Danielle and Jake.
Anne & Brent interviewed William Burstow the Business Development
Coordinator for Harney County.
Jim Campbell Plant manager at Lousianna Pacific products talks about
economic development issues in Hinds & Burns.
Andrew Seebart Sheriff Deputy Harney county discusses with Issiah and
Ron policing issues in rural communities.
Shana Withee & Dave Chamberlain of OSU extension services in Harney
county are interviewed by Alicia and Mark.
Jim St Martin provided the class with an orientation to the tribe and
life in Burns.
Dave Courtney Superintendent of schools Harney county completing his
interview with the students.
Kurt and Elizabeth examine in great detail owl droppings at the Malheur
Issiah kept a close eye on the wildlife coming into the Malheur bird
Dave Speten, Jason Kesling and Jay Lipe provided a perspective on
Tribal Wildlife and Fisheries issues.
At the Best Western Hotel where we stayed we woke up to the site of a
strange set of guests.
The cutest member of the class-- Spanky (unofficially registered) in
the supply van.
LINKS TO THE STUDENT WEB PAGES
to previous Ethnic Studies and Sociology Field Classes 1998-2006
to the 2004 Environmental Justice Spring Break Class
to the 2003 Siletz Spring Break Class
to the 2002 Paiute Spring Break Class
Link to the 2001
Education Spring Break Class
to the 2000 Education Spring Break Class
to the 1999 Globalization Class
to the 1998 Argricultual Labor Class