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Native Teens Paddle Tribal Canoes Down Willamette River

Native teens paddled tribal canoes supplied by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Coquille down the Willamette River.
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The flotilla making the annual Paddle Oregon trip, now in its 11th year, has been joined by two boats of Native design carrying kids from the Journeys in Creativity program, reports the Albany Democrat-Herald. The participants, young Natives aged 15 to 19, arrived in Albany, Oregon's Bryant Park yesterday in a large tribal canoe belonging to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a smaller one from the Coquille.

Camp program manager Shirod Younker decided to join up with the Paddle Oregon flotilla because the theme of this year's camp is "The Art of the Canoe." "Hopefully [the kids] make a connection to the water, the environment and the art of the canoe," she told the Democrat-Herald.

The 105-mile trip ends Friday in Oregon City.