Learning Through Listening: Native American
Rural Oregon Communities
Break 2007 Ethnic Studies/Sociology Field Course
Instructors: Mitch Wilkinson,
Clarissa Bertha, Lauren Plaza & Dwaine Plaza
March 25 to March 30, 2007
From March 25-30th 2007, twenty
students took a non-traditional action research approach to
understanding about sustainable rural development in America.
Students lived in Chiloquin and Klamath
Falls Oregon for five days and interacted with the
Klamath native population, the related community stakeholders and
investigated the issues that both bind and separate them. By carefully
listening to and interacting with different rural community
stakeholders including: tribal leaders, cattle
ranchers, government officials, human health and service providers,
bankers, education professionals, agriculture extension services, law
enforcement, land developers and Latino migrant workers, the students
developed a better understanding of the complex cross-cultural issues
that exist in rural Oregon communities today.
Kurth Glick and the students at the South Valley Bank and Trust,
Neil Eberlein with the students outside of OSU Extension Office Klamath
Jessica and Ashley listening to Steve Miller at the Herald News Paper
Theresa Foreman Recorder
Floyd Hescock Mayor Pro Tem at Chiloquin City Hall.
Gerald Skelton Klamath tribe director of culture and heritage discusses
the tribe sweat lodge.
Students at the Chiloqin fish ladder-- David, Jason, John, Patrick,
Christian & Gail
Alan Foreman Tribal Chair met with students in the Tribal
Peter Bourdet Cattle Rancher Water Shed Council Klamath Falls met with
Linda Long-Bourdet Farmer Cattle Rancher met with the students.
Sherry Beean receives her participation certificate from Jason and
Mark, Ashlee, Jake and Christian working together on the final
presentation in Klamath Falls.
Pernnell, Francisco, Jesse, Jason and Brandon all working on the final
John and Mike working on the power point for the final presentation.
Syndey and Jessica working together on the final presentation
The students with Yolanda Pena, Dora Hoffmeister and Dalyse Clark-
Jason, Jake and Christian working on the final presentation.
Sammy, Jake and Javier share lunch time conversation with Klamath Falls
Officer Clinton Wells met with students at the Extension Services
office Klamath Falls.
Javier and Francisco recording data from headstones at the Klamath
Students listening intensely about Klamath Falls history from Todd
Mitch introduced Gordon Bettles Klamath Falls Tribal member and
Students after meeting with Steve Miller at the Herald News office in
Spanky, Lauren and Dwaine at Crater Lake on the final day of the class.
to previous Ethnic Studies and Sociology Field Classes 1998-2006
to the 2006 Burns Paiute Spring Break Class
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