Closed to non-Native students, the gathering offers Native youth from the surrounding areas a chance to be amongst each other - to be the majority - to connect with and uplift each other and their cultures through the traditional games of tribes such as: Klamath, Cow Creek, Coquille, Modoc, Paiute, Blackfeet, Chippewa, Crow, Gros Ventre, Northern Cheyenne, Zuni, Sioux, Assiniboine, Tewa and more.
Held on the Southern Oregon University campus, and including lunch at The Hawk - SOU student dining hall - youth attend the So. Oregon Native Games from throughout Oregon, N. California and, this year, as far as Reno, Nevada.
The curriculum stems from the 'Indian Education for All - Traditional Games Unit', developed by the International Traditional Games Society which is dedicated to the recovery, restoration and re-introduction of Native American Indian Games as a part of their commitment to the preservation of first people's culture and traditions.
ONEspace israising supplemental funds so that all Native youth, their supporting adult and the supporting local Native elders who want to attend may do so with the support and resources necessary. This includes funds for travel, lodging and healthy local breakfast and snack food options on the day of the games.
ONEspace is dedicated to creating pathways for non-Native community to become aware and show support of Indigenous Sovereignty and Wellness activity in our local area.
*This is not a 501c3 tax deductible donation, this is grassroots community weaving. If you have questions and would like to help grow this fund, please click here to contact us for more information.
Contribute funds by clicking on the 'Donate' button here below. *We are using PayPal services - when you arrive at the donation page on paypal website, please click on the drop down menu where it says "optional - use this donation for...", to indicate where you would like your funds directed. There you will see the choice of 'S.O. Native Youth Fund'.