The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians are taking advantage of Oregon’s tight state budget by opening a privately-run rest area off a busy interstate in Douglas County near Canyonville.
The Jordan Creek rest area will feature a fenced dog area and picnic area, among other unique features. It replaces a state-run rest area that is being closed due to budget cuts, the News-Review Today reports.
The Cow Creek figure that if people stop and enjoy the space, they might decided the visit the tribe’s other services, like its casinos and stores.
“Once they stop, they’ll come back,” predicted Tonya Theiss-Skrip, the tribe’s special projects officer. “I think it’s good for the community at large, the state and the tribe.”
Jordan Creek has been designated a “rest stop,” rather than a “rest area,” to distinguish it from the state-operated stations. The restrooms have heated floors and hand dryers that flow warm air on both sides of the hands at once. Tribal security officers will patrol the rest stop.
'Facing the Storm' (Courtesy of ICTMN)
The PBS series “Independent Lens” has picked up “Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison,” for its fall run. The film was directed by Doug Hawes-Davis, who through the movie tells the story of the bison’s fight to remain wild in the hills of the west as humans did their best to drive the animals to extinction.
ICTMN reports that the film, made in coordination with Missoula, Mont.-based High Plains films, will be shown on PBS sometime this fall.
Using archival materials and interviews with experts, the filmmakers tell the story of the eradication of approximately 30 million buffalo from the Great Plains areas in less than 50 years. Although not of Native descent, Hawes-Davis gives an excellent account of the American Indians’ relationship with the Bison.
The Missoulian’s Joe Nickell wrote a review of the film when it debuted at the Wilma in Missoula in October 2010.
You can see several trailers for the film or order it as the High Plains Film website.
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