Ashley CordesAshley Cordes, a University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) doctoral student, recently received the Margaret Weise Graduate Research Award, an award given to support graduate student research related to preserving the culture, language and/or artifacts of northwestern Native Americans.

This year, the award will be supporting Cordes’ research to preserve the culture and language of the Coquille Indian Tribe (CIT) in Coos Bay, Ore. The financial support provided by this award will help her with the logistical costs associated with her research.

After the termination of the Coquille in 1954 and the regaining of status in 1989, the Coquille language was suddenly lost. Cordes’ research project is the implementation of a preservation initiative for the CIT and a key focus will be placed on creating resources and encouraging the Coquille language to be taught with proper cultural context.

Cordes’ research will be vital to the cultural and linguistic preservation of the Coquille Indian Tribe.

“Having an award dedicated to supporting culture, language, and artifacts of northwestern Native Americans in the graduate school makes me feel like my research interests are supported,” says Cordes. “It is really important to me that I work with the already existing cultural committees of the Coquille and this award provides funds to make our ideas come together collaboratively.”

The SOJC has more than 40 doctoral students pursing cutting-edge research across media and communications disciplines.

Story by Nicole Rideout ’16