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Special Honor To Be Bestowed On U of O's Mother's Day Pow-Wow

Isa Anastasia Zito

This weekend marks the golden anniversary of a major cultural event at the University of Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the 50th Annual Mother’s Day Pow-Wow is also expected to receive special recognition.

Past observances have featured local drum groups and dancers, sporting their finest regalia. But on top of celebrating Native American culture, resiliency, and mothers, of course…there’ll be a formal designation for the event this year.

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Men dancers at last year's Mothers Day Pow-Wow, at the U of O.

Jason Younker is a Coquille Tribal member, and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations for the U of O.

“The Oregon State Parks are bestowing upon us the title, “Oregon Heritage Tradition” which is a great honor for us," he tells KLCC.  "And we’re going to be pleased to show the Oregon Heritage Tradition banner every single year, for the next 50 years.”

Younker adds there will be a salmon feast as part of the Mother’s Day celebration, held in the longhouse on campus.

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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