Success comes through Education, Partnerships, and Diversification

All photos and information by: Taylor R. Tupper- Klamath Tribes News Dept.

Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), Klamath Tribes and Native American Student Union (NASU) Dinner

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Klamath Tribal Council and other representatives, joined Oregon Institute of Technology leadership, staff, and native students for the Native American Student Union (NASU) Dinner, in Klamath Falls, Oregon on the OIT campus.

The meeting was formed by the leadership to begin discussions and gather views from campus students about the re-establishment of a NASU club/program at the OIT.  After round-robin discussion and student input, it became clear that a NASU program is needed and was initiated that same night. As the evening progressed discussions led into other ways the Tribes and OIT could partner to help students attending OIT and to promote community growth and development.  Topics discussed included: Native American Program similar to University of Oregon, Scholarship breaks to Native Students across the nation, Native American Program Coordinator at the Institute, Funding possibilities, vocational training, economic development opportunities with the tribe, tourism efforts, and significant ways to create a “Home away from Home” environment for the student population.

Comments from students included facts like coming to Klamath Falls and this institute can be a strong culture shock when there is no centralized place or program for the native students to feel at home; students can be too busy with studies, work, and athletics to take on more responsibilities by participating in a club/program; and as always the pitfalls of funding shortfalls and the cost of tuitions.

As the evening progressed it was determined that the OIT Leadership, staff, students, and Klamath Tribes are dedicated to this process and will work collaboratively in the future to develop an Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will outline some strategic planning to promote the school, students, the tribes, and the over-all community.

Klamath Tribal Chairman Gentry provided an opening prayer and sang a traditional song to honor the meeting. Left to Right: Klamath Tribal Member, Kathy Hill, OIT Board of Trustees; Dr. Kenton Interim President; Dr. Naganathan incoming President.
Dr. Kenton (left) Interim President of OIT was gifted a necklace from tribal Chairman Gentry for all his work and dedication to the students and collaborative efforts.


Tribal Chairman Gentry welcomes Dr. Naganathan to the homelands of the Klamath Tribes.
Klamath Tribal Member and OIT Student, Diana Miller provided input and comments to help re-establish the NASU program at OIT.

The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Board of Trustees named Dr. Nagi Naganathan as its seventh president, following a national search which began this past spring. Dr. Naganathan was previously the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo, a position he held since 2003. Naganathan succeeds Dr. Jay Kenton who has been Interim President since July 1 after former president Dr. Chris Maples chose not to renew his contract. Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Naganathan during a Board meeting held at its Wilsonville Campus.

He will lead a polytechnic university that has seen record enrollment and degrees in recent years, reaching 5,232 students at all of its campuses and sites in fall 2016, and consistently ranking high in graduates’ return on investment. With three campuses – Klamath Falls, Wilsonville and Online – and other delivery sites, Oregon Tech is growing its footprint in Oregon with degrees not offered elsewhere in the state and often the region, that are meeting industry demand in engineering, technology, healthcare and other applied fields.

Gary Frost Jr. and his mother Roberta Frost (Klamath Tribal Council Secretary)
attended the event. Gary says, “I hope to be a future student at OIT.”
Left: Olivia Simpson (Gates Scholarship Awardee and Umatilla Tribal Member) is a
Pre-Med Student at OIT. Right: Klamath Tribal Member, Chris Rubidoux is a graduate
of OIT and currently the Academic Specialist for Oregon Tech.
Left: OIT Student Athlete Joel Yellow Owl is a Black Feet/Yakima Native who has been attending OIT and is a high-score participant in their Hustling Owl Basketball program. Right: Klamath Tribal Administration General Manager, George Lopez had a great evening and has dedicated himself to future efforts to work on the MOA.

For more information contact Oregon Institute of Technology or the Klamath Tribes of Oregon


naanok ?ans naat sat’waYa naat ciiwapk diceew’a – “We help each other; We will love good.”



Ms. Taylor R. Tupper

Klamath Tribes Public Information/News Dept.

Tribal Administration Office

501 Chiloquin Blvd, or PO Box 436

Chiloquin, Oregon 97624


Phone: 541-783-2219 ext. 147