April’s Community Spotlight focuses on Lu Whitebear, Assistant Director of the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws. Luhui is an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation. She is a PhD student in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality program at Oregon State University. She earned bachelors degrees in Ethnic Studies and Anthropology, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on issues around gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. Luhui is a mother, poet, and Indigenous activist. Her research focuses on Indigenous rhetorics, Indigeneity, reclamation of Indigenous identity/gender roles, missing and murdered Indigenous women, Indigenous resistance movements, and natural resource protection. Her most recent projects include the incorporation of heteropatriarchy in Native traditions, as well as intergenerational Indigenous activism with the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Movement.
Community Spotlight is a City Club gathering in which local leaders participate in informal interviews about their lives and work. Tsunami Bookstore hosts the event on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. Light refreshments are available, and the public is encouraged to attend. There is no admission charge for Community Spotlight, but guests are invited to contribute to help cover the costs.