Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and Keynote “Libraries and the Native American Experience

Welcome from OLA President, Kate Lasky / Land Acknowledgement by Courtney Terry / Keynote by Paul Lumley.

Keynote Title:  Libraries and the Native American Experience
“Libraries are so much more than a place for books. The Native American experience is essential to the future of libraries as well as other communities that could benefit from being in a more inclusive environment.”
Keynote Speaker, Paul Lumley

Paul Lumley is the Executive Director for the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). Lumley is a citizen of the Yakama Nation. He came to NAYA in 2016 after being the Executive Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) since 2009. Mr. Lumley served as Executive Director of the National American Indian Housing Council in Washington DC from 2007 to 2009. While also in DC, Paul Lumley served as the Senior Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense from 2004-2007. From 1987 to 2004, Mr. Lumley served under several capacities at CRITFC.

Mr. Lumley has a wide-ranging background on issues that directly impact American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Mr. Lumley has worked directly with tribal governments, tribal consortia, virtually all federal agencies impacting Indian country, and Native American national and regional organizations throughout his professional career. Experience areas include tribal treaty rights, environmental protection and restoration, housing, defense, education and social services. Mr. Lumley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Western Washington University in 1986. His full legal name is Babtist Paul Lumley III.

To learn more about NAYA, please visit: https://nayapdx.org


  • Kate Lasky Oregon Library Association, President 2020-21
  • Paul Lumley

Video recording: https://youtu.be/sJVgAos4wPU