Portland State University Salmon Bake


On May 26, YouTube user Straygos posted a video of the Portland State University Salmon Bake, a campus tradition hosted by the United Indian Students for Higher Education. The purpose of the event is to support Native American students on campus.

"It's just really important for me to be involved in the school community," one student says in the video. "Coming from the reservation and moving down here to Portland it was nice to be around that Native community outside of it (reservation) in the city."

"We're doing it in the traditional style. Some people use cedar, I use dogwood," says one of the students. "We also have bamboo skewers which is not quite traditional but it's a lot of work to make your own. That's a lot of skewers to whittle. We don't do anything to the fish, just put it on the stick and put it over the fire, the wood gives it a natural flavor."

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beaver's picture
Submitted by beaver on
The lady in the video says it right when she said, "When they've had a really bad day, they can go home and be Indian." Meanwhile, you're just a White American. Sorry, unless you speak your language, you are not Indian. Especially if you look White or are so Americanized.

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Submitted by flickerboi on
Man, why be a hater? That woman wasn't claiming she's native... but maybe she is. Either way, she's there participating in an event which welcomes all people. She's saying positive things. What's to gain by saying something shitty about that?

beaver's picture
Submitted by beaver on
Wasn't referring to the woman, my friend. I was referring to students at that university, where my grandson is a junior. He's mixing with students who put on Indian hats when it's convenient to them and increasingly moving away from our culture. Those White Indians on that campus are spoiling him.