Jason Younker, Department of Anthropology

Jason Younker, president on sovereignty and government-to government relations

Jason Younker

Assistant Vice President, Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations
Practice Areas: Native American, American Indian, Indigenous Americans, Tribal Heritage

Jason Younker is the assistant vice president and advisor to the president on sovereignty and government-to government relations at the University of Oregon and chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe. He received his doctorate in anthropology from the UO in 2004 and returned to Oregon after teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology for a decade. Younker received the prestigious Ely S. Parker Award in from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society in 2014 for his work with tribal governments and students in higher education. He is the past-president of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists and is originally from Charleston, Oregon.

Recent Media:
Annalee Newitz on the sci-fi roots of the current "psyop" war (Salon, June 16, 2024)
New University of Oregon program will cover tuition and fees for in-state Indigenous students (Upworthy, Oct. 18, 2022)
Indigenous University of Oregon students receive full tuition coverage under new program (The Register-Guard, Oct. 11, 2022)
Oregon tribal members get a crash course in rural broadband at University of Oregon (KGW, Aug. 10, 2022)
Coquille Tribal Chief Jason Younker settles into new role (Jefferson Public Radio, Nov. 22, 2021)
Tribal members reflect on Native American Heritage Month (KEZI, Nov. 5, 2021)