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

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July 2021

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2020 Information

We want to share some tough news and good news with you all.

First, the tough news. We are sad to announce that we have made a collective decision with the health and safety of our Konaway Family in mind and have decided to cancel our traditional in-person Konaway Academy this year. There are too many health risks and uncertainties right now for us to feel safe enough to follow through with a traditional Konaway.

Now, the good news. We are pleased to share with you that we are bringing Konaway online. Although this method isn’t as ideal as we would like, it does provide us all the ability to stay connected. We are hoping that this virtual style of Konaway will increase our ability to connect with more students, more families, and still “see” our Konaway family while providing you with innovative cultural, traditional, and even contemporary “college knowledge” while maintaining critical connections with you all. 

As a result, Konaway will be held online from July 9th-July 12th. We are still working out the details, but we want to share the dates with you so that you can be ready to join us. If you are interested in joining us online for Konaway 2020, please complete the registration application. Links and information on how to do that are below. 

As we have been making these big decisions about changes for the year, we have been trying really hard to stay positive and see the “silver lining” and the benefits that can come from all of these tough changes. We are hoping that you and your families are staying healthy with all of the stress and changes that are almost certainly affecting your lives. 

We are creating a space that will allow us to connect with some of our traditional ways of doing, learning, and teaching using the fact that we will all be participating from home. Our overall goal is to support you through this current pandemic and all the challenges distance learning and social distancing have brought to daily life. The overall goal is to stay connected to our Konaway family, reunite with some of our alumni, and even expand our reach by bringing in new students. Overall, we are working to still find a way to make Konaway meaningful and memorable for all of us. We look forward to seeing you virtually this July and hopefully in person before you know it!

All the best to you and your family during these tough times and know that are all here to support you, so please do reach out if you need anything. 

In Health and Wellness, 

Brent Florendo, Tamara Henderson, Tammie Ellington & SOU Youth Programs

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. 

Traditionally, transcripts and a letter of recommendation are a part of the application process. In 2020, due to COVID, we have decided to forgo these requirements in order to streamline the process for students, their families and their recommenders. 

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. Traditionally, 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 traditionally 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 Native American Studies Department, Sociology Department, SOU, and SOU Pre-College Youth Programs. 

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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