Konaway Nika Tillicum became a reality when Southern Oregon University teamed up with Rogue Community College and the University of Oregon and held a Native American Planning Symposium to develop an annual residential camp for Native American Youth. Native leaders from all over Oregon (including representatives from the nine federally recognized tribes) attended the symposium and gave their input.
Konaway Nika Tillicum, which means "All My Relations" in Chinook Trade Jargon, is an exploration of 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 $1,000.00 per child. Each household is required to pay a $75.00 fee upon student acceptance, which will reserve their spot in the academy. Many students may be eligible for state, federal or tribal funding. Please inquire with the appropriate agencies as to whether your child is eligible.
Students selected for the eight-day residential academy on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland will interact with other Native American students from throughout Oregon while being challenged by creative, imaginative instructors and activities. Students will spend time with tribal elders and tribal leaders during classes, lectures, and outdoor presentations.
Students arrive Saturday afternoon for check in and orientation. On Saturday and Sunday students participate in outdoor cultural experiences. Classes begin on Monday and continue through Friday. Each student's daily schedule includes four one-hour and twenty minute classes plus special presentations. Konaway Nika Tillicum students choose course offerings from Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, and Cultural classes. After-class programs coordinate with in-class activities to include supervised recreation as well as cultural events. Special events include attending an Oregon Shakespeare Festival play.
A highly qualified administrative and residential staff closely supervise the small living groups. Close friendships abound at Konaway Nika Tillicum for Native American students from throughout Oregon. The last day consists of a presentation of graduation certificates and a closing ceremony for students and their families.
When Can We Come?
All students arrive on campus Saturday afternoon, between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. for check-in and orientation. Meals begin with dinner Saturday evening students must make their own arrangements for Saturday lunch. Departure is Saturday.
Who Can Apply?
All Native American students are invited to apply.
How much does the academy cost?
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. Many students may be eligible for state, federal or tribal funding. Please inquire with the appropriate agencies as to whether your child is eligible.
To be considered for Konaway Nika Tillicum, students must show a personal commitment to attend, participate and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students may be recommended for admission by parents, teachers, school personnel, tribal leaders or other knowledgeable adults.Students must also provide evidence of at least one of the following:
- Leadership ability.
- Special talent.
- Ability in fine and performing arts.
- Creative or productive thinking ability.
Application Must Include:
- A completed application form. We STRONGLY encourage students to complete the form online. A paper form will also be accepted.
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher, educator or community member.
- A statement written by the student explaining their interest in and commitment to attend Konaway Nika Tillicum.
- Information about special interests, leadership, activities, Native American community involvement and awards.
- Grade Records for the current year.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 12, 2017
Fees: (Includes: Tuition, Activities, Housing, Meals, and Supervision)
Student Tuition: $75 Required Activity Fee for all participants. We attempt to provide scholarships for each student at $1000 per student. We do ask for help with partial or full student tuition if families are able.
Applications (PDF fillable forms)
Tuition Assistance Information
Tuition assistance is available through your local tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations, Title V, Tribal Educational Departments, Indian Educational Programs and the Johnson O'Malley program.
If you are not affiliated with an Oregon tribe, please contact our office for a tuition assistance application.