Lewis nominated for Higher Education Award

04.13.2017 Dean Rhodes People, Education

SALEM – Tribal member David Lewis was one of three nominees for the Willamette Heritage Center’s 25th annual Heritage Award for Higher Education.

The Higher Education Award recognizes programs, projects and other endeavors that have provided high-quality, history focused educational opportunities to area residents for any age group or a wide range of age groups.

Lewis was nominated because he is a “tireless advocate for the cultural history of the Willamette Valley, and uses every opportunity to add to his body of information, constantly seeking out opportunities to share it with a wider audience,” according to Willamette Heritage Center’s website.

His nomination cited his written work that was published in Willamette Valley Voices articles about the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

“Through teaching, writing and speaking, he shows the dedication and scholarship this award honors,” his nomination stated.

Lewis is the former historian for the Grand Ronde Tribe and currently owns Ethnohistory Research LLC in Salem.

Other nominees for the Higher Education Award, which was given out on Friday, April 7, were the Yamhill County Historical Society and Salem Art Association. The Art Association won the award for the many educational opportunities that it provides for the Salem community.