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She Who Watches

November 21, 2013

I have lived about a half mile from the Kinder Morgan Eugene Terminal (which used to only be publicly advertised as Jerry Brown Co) here on Prairie Road in Eugene since I was in second grade. I attended Irving Elementary in the Bethel School District through fifth grade. My family and I never questioned the terminal or how it operates. But once I became an adult, I realized the huge risk that deregulated railways are and how much fuel rolls by our home every day. I personally became concerned about the safety and health of our community. There are six schools within a five-mile radius.

October 31, 2013

A few days ago, I saw a picture of a letter crafted by the University of Oregon sent out by Dr. Robin Holmes, vice president of Student Affairs, and Dr. Yvette Alex-Assensoh, vice president of “Equity and Inclusion,” on social media. Many of my marginalized peers were celebrating the release of it. And some say this fabled letter is “better than nothing.” 

June 13, 2013

When they eventually forced us onto this reservation, our forefathers made the provision in the treaty that we will forever be able to utilize this land we once roamed.

— Russell Jim, Yakama Nation

 

March 28, 2013

People have had an intimate relationship with water. Not only is it our bodies’ life source and without it nothing on Earth could grow, but also it has been utilized as a means of transportation all over the world prior to industrialization. Our waterways were once our highways. All across North America varying kinds of canoes were tailored to fit the type of water they would be used on. These canoe-carving skills were acquired through years of trial and error and passed down through family lineage. The canoe was a vessel for transport and an essential part of our everyday lives.

January 24, 2013

The Oregon State Aviation Board will be holding a public hearing regarding Waldo Lake on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8 pm. This hearing will be held in the Ken Long Conference Room at the Willamalane Center in Springfield.