Message from the president
In the last newsletter, the leadership of KIAN asked the question, “How do we move forward?” following the dramatic effects of the coronavirus on our Native and Indigenous communities. As we at KIAN evaluated this question, we realized that the answer to this question is change. We must change the way we socialize as new variants take hold in society and enter our communities. We must change our mindset on vaccines. We must change the allocation of funds and resources to provide better care to our elders, our greatest cultural asset, and protect our communities.
Change is occurring throughout Oregon State University. We have a new interim university president, Rebecca Johnson. Allison Davis-White Eyes, director of community diversity relations, announced her plans to join Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, as their chief diversity officer. The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws has changed its name. The center will now be known as Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws (KIMIH or Ina Haws) to reflect the proper Native spelling of the name and remove the conflict with the traditional longhouses of our Native and Indigenous communities.
Within KIAN, change has become a topic of ongoing conversation. Change is necessary to our current networking and outreach programs to expand our network membership. Change is necessary to address the disconnect between our alumni and current students. Finally, change is necessary within our leadership to promote new ideas and increase our strengths as a member of our Native and Indigenous communities.
We hope you enjoy this edition of our KIAN newsletter. This edition highlights the work of Allison Davis White-Eyes, an incredibly strong Native voice who previously worked within the administration of Oregon State University. KIAN leadership extends an invitation to alumni to join our network and challenge our positions. And, as always, we provide you with news of upcoming events and contact information for reaching out to us.
“When a man does a piece of work which is admired by all we say that it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and the changing seasons upon the Earth, with their ripening fruits, anyone must realize that it is the work of someone more powerful than man.” – Chased-by-Bears, Santee-Yanktonai Sioux
May we walk in peace with the Creator,
Orman E. Morton III
President of the Klatowa Ina Alumni Network