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Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, is located within the traditional homelands of the Mary's River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 (Kalapuya etc. Treaty), Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.
For months at a time, Oregon State University archaeology students worked to uncover secrets from the past. For 10 years, they set up along the Salmon River near where the borders of Oregon, Washington and Idaho all meet.
Oregon State University students now have the opportunity to enhance their degree with a minor in Indigenous studies, which not only covers Indigenous histories but contemporary issues Indigenous communities face today as well.
Projectile points from the Cooper's Ferry site in Idaho help prove that people may have been settled in North America 3,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Tribal members and conservationists are trying, camas patch by camas patch, to create a patchwork of native prairie in the Willamette Valley.