Indigenous History of Oregon

Indigenous History of Oregon 

The history of Oregon's indigenous peoples goes back to time immemorial. This guide, created by Pacific University, is an introduction to their history, with links to more readings and sources.

For a quick overview of historical events, see the Timeline.
For information about the tribe on whose land Pacific University's Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses stand, see the Tualatin Kalapuyas page.
For more sources on the Tribes, Languages, and more, see the tabs on the left in the guide.

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Spot Fake News

There is plenty of credible information available to you, but you need to learn how to find and read it. Research shows that “social media posts on Twitter and Facebook differ from the actual content of their linked news articles, finding that social media comments regularly misrepresent the facts reported in the news” (Anspach & Carlson, 2020, p. 697).

8 Tips for Recognizing Fake News

  1. Consider the Source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
  2. Check the Author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real? 
  3. Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
  4. Check the Date: Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.
  5. Check Your Biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment. 
  6. Supporting Sources: Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
  7. Is It a Joke?: If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
  8. Ask the Experts: Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site. 

Find out more on the library’s How to Spot Fake News guide and get links to fact-checking websites.


Anspach, N. M., & Carlson, T. N. (2020). What to Believe? Social Media Commentary and Belief in Misinformation. Political Behavior42(3), 697–718. https://proxy.umpqua.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=145258670&site=eds-live&scope=site

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American Library Association Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

The Oregon Library Association (OLA), Association of College and Research Libraries – Oregon (ACRL-OR) and American Library Association (ALA) have all made statements in response to Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping:

ALA Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

OLA Statement in Response to Executive Order 13950

ACRL-OR Statement for Racial Justice

ACRL-OR statement on Executive Order No. 13950

On September 22, 2020, the White House issued Executive Order No. 13950 on “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.”  The Association of College and Research Libraries/Academic Division of the Oregon Library Association (ACRL-OR) strongly opposes Executive Order 13950. The Order has implications far beyond the federal workforce and is antithetical to the values, missions, and goals of the ACRL-OR.

ACRL-OR is committed to progressing racial and gender equity. ACRL-OR is committed to advocating and taking action toward creating a culture amongst its members and their organizations that reinforces the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Further, academic libraries and academic librarians support evidence-based research, theories, and practice. The Executive Order willfully denies the validity of a growing body of evidence and academic research, which proves the corrosive and deep-seeded racism endemic in the social, legal, and cultural history of the United States.

ACRL-OR will continue to:

  • show up in support of racial justice;
  • create productive space for dialogue about systemic racism and dominant white culture as it applies to libraries and library workers;
  • provide Oregon academic libraries with professional development and staff training opportunities that counteract anti-blackness, racism, and white supremacy culture and sex and gender discrimination in librarianship; and
  • use our strength as a professional organization to continue to work toward our collective liberation.

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Fall 2020 Library Services

Learn about our Fall 2020 services for students, faculty, and community members.

Due to COVID-19, the library has updated its services for Fall 2020 for 



Community Members

We're here for you this term! See our Ask a Librarian page for our contact and research and technology help options. 

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Find Courses with No Cost/Low Cost Textbooks

Celebrate Open Ed Week!

March 2-6, 2020 is Open Education Week

To celebrate, we're learning something simple and useful: how to find courses with no cost or low cost textbooks when registering for classes in the Student Self-Service. Click here to learn how!

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