I have been emailing the Oregon Indian tribes with the following:
Dear Tribal Leader:
I am Chair of POEM (Post Office to Eugene Museum) seeking to re-purpose the historic downtown Eugene US Post Office on Willamette Street to become a people’s art museum dedicated to Native American arts (Traditional and Contemporary). I am thinking of calling it “Broken Treaties Museum” because it would also focus on the plight of Native Americans in Oregon as was featured in the “Broken Treaties” OPB program aired recently on TV.
There is also the possibility that this project could serve as a vehicle to unite and bring together all the Oregon tribes so that all tribes can shape and contribute to the collection and the narrative.
If you have any interest in this project, please write me back.
This project has been endorsed by James Florendo, Native American Student Program Coordinator, Lane Community College.
Thanks for your consideration.
Jerry Ross, artist
Note: today I met with Congressman Pete DeFazio’s staff member, Dan Whelan and we discussed ways in which the Congressman might help us. Dan suggested his office can find out who exactly owns the building (USPS or GSO?). They have ongoing business with the tribes and Dan suggested I try some contacts he suggested. We plan to stay in contact. (4/26/2017).