On the Umatilla Indian Reservation, one American Indian nonprofit is getting a boost from another. 

The Lincoln County-based Siletz Tribal Charitable Foundation donated $2,400 to the non-profit Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts in early November. The Siletz foundation has given more than $9.3 million to support native tribes throughout Oregon in the past decade. Crow’s Shadow, 48004 Saint Andrews Road, provides workshops and art exhibits to enrich American Indians.

American Indian organizations within the 11-county Siletz tribal area in Oregon or any American Indian activity or group that benefits a group comprised of at least 51 percent American Indians is eligible for a Siletz foundation grant, according to the foundation website.

The Siletz money, along with a grant from the Seattle-based Potlatch Fund, will go toward the supplies for arts workshops throughout 2012 at Crow’s Shadow, said Melissa Bob, interim executive director. In the past, artists like Joey Lavadour have taught cylindrical and flat bag weaving. “The idea is to revive and promote traditional artistic practices,” she said.

“Where I come from we don’t have a resource like this,” she said. “It’s great, the positive social interaction people have together when sitting around table making something.”

Bob recently moved to the Umatilla reservation from the Lummi Nation in Bellingham, Wash., so she’s not as familiar with plateau tribal crafts. Crow’s Shadow is forming a volunteer committee to help decide what to teach at the workshops.

She’s still looking for volunteers for the arts committee and hoping for more donations to help pay the workshop teachers.

The art workshops are generally open to anyone, though Bob said instructors have final say in whether they’re comfortable with non-tribal members attending. “We’re looking from a positive perspective of people are learning more about the things that are important to the tribal community,” she said.

For more information about Crow’s Shadow, visit crowsshadow.org.

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