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David G. Lewis, assistant professor in anthropology at Oregon State University, will present Nov. 13

PMG FILE PHOTO - David G. Lewis talks about uses of the inner bark of the cedar tree during the Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration in 2017.David G. Lewis, assistant professor in anthropology and Native studies at Oregon State University, will present to the Oak Lodge Governance Project about "The Lands We Live On" at noon Nov. 13.

Lewis' presentation will examine the history of the Oak Lodge area before the arrival of Europeans and delve into the various tribes and their interconnections. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, he traces his ancestry to Santiam Kalapuya, Takelma, Molalla and Chinook peoples.

Hosted by the Oak Lodge Governance Project, Lewis is the project's eighth speaker in a series of regular information sessions that provide historical context, background and cultural perspective on the current governmental structure of Clackamas County.

Lewis has engaged in research on the tribal histories of Northwest coastal peoples, specializing in the western Oregon tribes. He served as the director of the Southwest Oregon Project Collection at the University of Oregon, and was the culture department manager of the Grand Ronde Tribe for eight years.

Lewis earned a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Oregon in 2009.

Lewis' research essays about the histories of the tribes are published on the blogsite Lewis lives in Salem with his wife, Donna, and sons Inatye and Saghaley.

If you're interested in attending this informational Zoom meeting, preregister at

OLGP will open the waiting room at 11:45 a.m. and welcome early attendees who would like to meet members of the steering committee and ask questions about OLGP.

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