A Residential Camp for Motivated Native American Students Completing Grades 7-12. 

2017 Konaway male dancer

July 12 - 18, 2020

SOU Youth Programs and COVID-19

We understand that planning fun summer activities for your students may seem hard to imagine right now, but we also recognize that by summer young people will need a return to socialization, enrichment, and interactive learning! With summer still three months away, we are continuing our plans for engaging and exciting youth programs and hope you are doing the same.

It’s true that things might change, and we will respond in a way that is best for our students and staff. For now, we hope you will join us as we plan a fun, informative, and collaborative summer full of learning opportunities.
Our policies regarding cancellations for summer programming are still in place, and if you need to cancel your student’s registration for a summer day camp or residential camp due to issues related to COVID-19 we will honor a full refund.

Applications Open Now!

Before Starting an Application

For 2020, we have NEW system from the previous years. If you are a returning student, it will have a similar feel moving from section to section as previously, but we hope somethings will be easier. We also have a new way we are working with recommendations letter so please read details on that below. ALL STUDENTS will need to create new profiles, even if you are returning. So when creating a new account, please use an email address that you will check often as this will be the email address Konaway will use when notifying students of their application status, acceptance, payment information, class selection and last minute reminders. Please do not use student school emails as sometimes those accounts are deactivated over the summer. 

Start a New Application!

Return to your Application!

When you return to the system, press the 'Account Login' button and enter in your log in credentials. If you forget to log in, press 'Account Login,' then 'Forgot Your Password?'

Complete Applications Include:

  1. 100% completion of Application. Please note: Konaway Staff will not review applications if there is missing information. A complete application includes all of the components listed below. Please be certain the essay/student statement is complete.
    1. Student statement prompt: Please tell us why you would like to attend Konaway Nika Tillicum. 
  2. Most recent report card with at least a 2.5 GPA or equivalent in whatever form your school reports progress at school. If you have not received a spring report card yet, a fall report card will be adequate. Please upload this into the appropriate spot in the application. 
  3. One letter of recommendation. Letter must be from a current teacher or school administrator. Letter of recommendations may not be from family members, family friends or from the student themselves. During the application process, you will fill out the name and email of your recommender. Upon inputting their information, the system will automatically email the recommenders of your request for them to fill out a digital recommendation letter. Please let them know to be on the look out for the email with instructions. From our experience, sometimes it lands in the Spam folder.If your recommender does not utilize email or is having issues getting the email in their inbox, please have them contact our office and we can help. 
  4. The application deadline is May 11, 2020

Konaway Nika Tillicum  which means "All My Relations" in Chinook Trade Jargon, is an eight-day academic program exploring a broad range of classes, lectures, cultural experiences, and recreational activities for Native American students. Konaway is a completely self-supported program, generating funds each year through grants, donations, and fundraisers. We attempt to provide scholarships for all of our students at $1000.00 per child. Each household is required to pay a $75.00 fee upon student acceptance, which will reserve their spot in the academy.

Students selected for Konaway stay on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland and interact with other Native American students while being challenged by creative, imaginative instructors and activities. Konaway Nika Tillicum is administered by the Center for First Nation Studies, Sociology Department, SOU, and SOU Pre-College Youth Programs. 

Girl dancer

2017 Konaway at OSF












 "Konaway changed how I look at life. So my whole perspective has changed.”

-Konaway Nika Tillicum Student  

Our Partners

Jackson County Cultural Coalition of the OR Cultural Trust    Oregon Cultural Trust 98,000 Square Miles of YES

Konaway is supported in part by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon's arts, humanities, and heritage. 

More Questions?

Brent Florendo
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
541-552-8582 or 541-552-6452