Oregon tribes give blessing for college's name

Two Oregon tribes gave their blessing to a community college whose name is drawn from an Indian language.

Chemeketa Community College chose the name Chemeketa, a Kalapuya word meaning "place of peace" or "place of running water," 35 years ago. But the school never asked local tribes what they thought.

On the school's anniversary, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde embraced the name. Kalapuya descendants live among the Grande Ronde.

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Chemeketa recognizes its roots 35 years later (The Salem Statesman Journal 4/28)

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