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Southern Oregon University

Director
Native American Studies Program
M.A. Community Psychology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks 1990; B.A. Sociology, University of Oregon 1981, enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Office: Taylor Hall 18B
Phone: 541 552-6751
Email: dwest@sou.edu

David is the Native American Studies coordinator at Southern Oregon University. He serves as an advisor to the Native American student body and is faculty advisor for the Native American Student Union on the SOU campus. He can be seen actively participating in both the fall welcome back gathering, and the spring Powwow, often joining the drumming, singing and dancing in his traditional regalia. David assists at the annual spring salmon bake during the Native American month in April.

David teaches the Core courses in N.A. Studies at Southern Oregon University offering insight into both the historical perspectives as well contemporary Native American issues. His advocacy efforts for Native American Indian education in Oregon is evidenced by the success of Konaway Nika Tillicum, a residential Native American youth summer academy held on the University campus of which he is Program Director. This academy is a stand alone unique model program in Oregon and the west coast. David is a member of the Oregon Indian Education Association, the National Indian Education Association, The National Congress of American Indians and serves as the institutional representative for the Southern Region with the Oregon Indian Coalition on Post Secondary Education.