Introduction of the Cow Creek / Takelman Culture of Southern Oregon

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

For thousands of years, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians lived well. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Tribe was almost entirely rounded up and marched to reservations or killed. Seven families survived those tumultuous times in their homeland, and all registered Cow Creek Natives today are descendants of one, or more, of those seven families. Takelman was the language of the Cow Creek and Rogue Natives. This presentation will deliver to the audience an introductory lesson on Cow Creek / Takelman culture and traditions from the view of a registered tribal member. Tangible Cow Creek / Takelman artifacts will be on display for participants to learn from too!

About Our Speaker: 

Jesse Jackson, M.Ed

Before working as the education programs officer for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Jesse served as a building principal for grades 7-12 at Glendale Middle and High Schools. Prior to his principalship in Glendale, he was a social studies teacher and coach at his alma mater- Days Creek School (K-12).

After a corporate career, Jesse decided to paradigm shift towards public service and education. Jesse received two cum laude undergraduate degrees from Oregon State University in Anthropology (archaeology) and Education. After teaching for a few years, Jesse went on to earn his master’s degree in education administration from Concordia University in Portland, OR.

As a member of the Cow Creek Tribe himself, Jesse is the first in his family to graduate with a post-secondary degree. He has worked hard to ensure quality, equitable education to students in his schools, or in his Tribe. He worked with the Oregon Department of Education to plan and roll out Oregon Senate Bill 13 (SB13), has teamed with philanthropic foundations and organizations to break down barriers for rural students and families and lead community-based initiatives to provide services and valuable experiences. Jesse is the president and founder of the Takelma Cultural Center, and his team members recognize his strengths as: kind, empathetic and knowledgeable.

Mr. Jackson will be joined by Jennifer Bryant: 

Jennifer has worked for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians for a total of 6 years. She began as a Culture Program Co-Ordinator, transitioned to Housing Director, and is now the acting Cultural Program Manager. Jennifer’s priorities continue to be educating Tribal members on traditional lifeways and keeping the culture alive.

Prior to joining the Tribe, she worked for Umpqua Bank for 12 years in the loan department and ending her career there in the Operations Procedure Department. Jennifer transitioned to working for her Tribe to install the values within her children that their culture is important and alive.