ONAC’s 15th Annual Fall Gathering

On Thursday, October 3rd 2019, the Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) invites you to join us as we hold our 15th Annual Gathering event, “GUIDE. GATHER. GROW” at the Exchange Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. The Annual Gathering, ONAC’s signature event, is a unique opportunity for members, partners, and the Native business community to network, celebrate, and support the work of ONAC and its scholarship program.
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Jessica Metcalfe
ONAC is excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker for The Gathering. Dr. Jessica Metcalfe is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tribe. She is also owner ofBeyond Buckskin, an online boutique where Native fashion designers and artist can showcase and sell their products.
While earning her Ph.D in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, Jessica launched Beyond Buckskin in 2009. She and her team currently work with over 40 individual artists and small businesses in an effort to promote their incredible and unique work to a broader audience. The talented designers they work with all advance traditional Indigenous artistic practices by bringing ancient designs, natural materials, and cultural stories to modern fashion.
Jessica opened a brick-and-mortar version of her online shop in Belcourt, North Dakota, home of Turtle Mountain’s tribal offices.
“It’s really rare to have a business, especially a fashion business, last that long on the rez in the middle of nowhere. But that’s where these businesses need to be—on our reservations—so we can promote economic development there” – Jessica
Come to see Jessica and learn more about her inspirational story. This year’s Gathering will be our best ever – experience the community energy that makes this event so special.
We look forward to seeing you!
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