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A powwow for Palestine

Over the past few weeks, students at university campuses across Turtle Island have set up encampments and staged protests in support of Palestine and calling for divestment from companies with ties to Israel. At the end of April, Portland State University students and community members camped out in the Branford P. Millar library, demanding the university end financial relationships with companies that have ties to Israel, including Boeing and Intel.

Classes at PSU were canceled for nearly a week. On May 2, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) arrested 30 protesters for trespassing and illegally entering the building, according to a PPB announcement. Students returned to class on May 3, but the library remains closed. It is expected to reopen in the fall, with need for repairs.

Students and community members gathered on campus again for the Powwow for Palestine on May 4. The powwow was organized by Native community members after the PSU chapter of the United Indigenous Students in Higher Education (UISHE) decided to reschedule the 51st annual Naimuma Powwow because the university wanted a police presence to monitor the powwow after the occupation of the Millar library, according to PSU alum and UISHE alumni advisor Tashina "Bear" Cunningham, Hunkpapa Lakota and Siletz.


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