June 25, 2011

Pacific Northwest Native Golf Tournament

Filed under: News Alerts,Sports — Tags: , — ICTMN Staff @ 5:50 pm

Chinook Winds Golf Resort is hosting the inaugural Pacific Northwest Native American Golf Tournament in Lincoln City, Oregon on July 9th.  Each four person team must have one member belong to a federally recognized tribe.  Registration ends on July 4.

On Saturday after the tournament, a barbecue and awards presentation will take place on the deck at Aces Bar & Grill.  There will also be long drive, closest to the pin and putting contests.

The 157,000 square foot Chinook Winds Casino Resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean from the Lincoln City shore. It’s owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.

Majestically overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the Lincoln City shore, the 157,000 square foot Chinook Winds Casino Resort is Oregon’s premier Casino. Owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the spirit of the Tribe is captured in the decor of the facility. Chinook Winds Casino Resort opened in 1995.

For more information, visit Chinook Winds Golf Resort’s website, or call 1-888-CHINOOK.

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March 9, 2012

Oregon Considering Banning American Indian Mascots

Filed under: News Alerts,Sports — Tags: , , — ICTMN Staff @ 7:29 pm

The Associated Press reports that Oregon’s Board of Education on Thursday took has taken up the plea heard in many states around the country to finally do away with offensive American Indian mascots, “joining a longstanding national debate about racial tolerance and school traditions five years after issuing a nonbinding recommendation that schools stop using Native American regalia,” the AP writes.

The AP story reports an incident that drew outrage from many in the state some six years ago. During a halftime show in a recent Oregon high school, a bare-chested American Indian boy was depicted with a target painted on skin. Che Butler, a member of the Siletz Tribe of western Oregon, has since tried to force the Molalla Indians, and 14 other Oregon high schools to stop using American Indian mascots and nicknames.

“We live off honor and respect. We’re taught to respect all human beings and things on Earth, and live in harmony with them,” Butler told the AP. “That’s all I ask of this board and this state, show us the respect, us Native people.”

The board’s proposal has the support of Butler and his family, but not every American Indian in Oregon agrees. Jeff Williams, a fellow member of the Siletz tribe, is a proud supporter of the Philomath Warriors.

“You want to get rid of the Native American mascots, you’re saying Natives are a shameful part of American history,” Williams told the education board.

Jennifer Moody of the Albany Democrat-Herald reports that more than two dozen people who testified Thursday in Salem before the State Board of Education agreed with Williams sentiment, and urged board members to reject a committee’s recommendation to ban the use of all Native American names, mascots and logos by Oregon schools that receive public funding.

The board  will hold another meeting on the topic April 19, with no vote expected until May or later. Oregon residents are allowed, and encouraged, to offer their public comment to the board. The board has been researching and discussing the mascot issue for six years, since 2006, when Che Butler, then just a teenager, first brought the ban request to the board.

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