Chemawa Indian School

Location: 3700 Chemawa Road NE, Salem, OR
Years of Operation: February 25, 1880 to Present

Brief History: The Chemawa Indian School is the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the United States. The school was originally constructed at Forest Grove, OR, in 1880 but was relocated to its present location in Salem in 1885. It was the second Indian boarding school to be created, after Carlisle. By 1920, Chemawa had 903 students from 90 different tribes with nearly one third from Alaska. There were 70 buildings on a 40-acre campus. Chemawa began as an elementary school but, since 1927, it has been an accredited four-year high school. Its peak enrollment was in 1927 with 1,000 students; today enrollment hovers around 400 students. Since 2005, Chemawa has maintained a partnership with Willamette University, a local private liberal arts college, to provide tutoring services along with Chemawa peer tutors on the Chemawa campus.

Primary Sources: Official School Site:

Site Coordinator: Mike Smith
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Event Date and Time: May 16, 2009



Event Location:

Chemawa Indian School Auditorium

3700 Chemawa Road NE, Salem, OR

Event Flyer: TBD