November is Native American Heritage Month!

(Ute Chief Sevara and family c. 1885)

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed. The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994. You can find out more about Native American Heritage Here.

Executive and Legislative Documents

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Native American Heritage Month.

Other Dedicated Web Sites

Spotlight: Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers

Founded in 1993, the Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers promote the understanding of the rich cultural traditions of the Navajo “Dineh” people. Their performances include dances and songs such as the Corn Grinding Act, the Basket Dance, the Bow and Arrow Dance and the Social Song and Dance. The group is made up of young dancers from throughout the Four Corners region of the Southwest that comprises the Navajo nation.

Enjoy The Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers performance as part of the Homegrown 2005 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.


New Album Drop – the fabulous Paula Cole with Revolution!

Paula Cole’s tenth album, Revolution, fulfills the promise of her 1994 debut. Titled Harbinger, it hinted at what was to come in the singer-songwriter’s life and career. It didn’t so much foreshadow her subsequent accomplishments: the double-platinum second album, This Fire; her hit singles “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and “I Don’t Want To Wait,” her Best New Artist Grammy and an additional six Grammy nominations; or becoming a Grammy-nominated producer and founder of her own 675 record label. But Harbinger signaled Cole’s dedication to breaking the silence of generations of women and giving voice to those left behind by history.

On Revolution Cole tells a wider story of all those sidelined by gender, age and race, beginning with her great-grandmother Charlotte, who hovers like a restless spirit over the album, first making an appearance in “Blues in Gray,” in which generational choices are forced upon her, obliging her to choose marriage over education, household drudgery over self-realization.

The title track, “Revolution (Is a State of Mind),” excerpts Martin Luther King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, eerily exactly one year before he was assassinated. When jazz pianist and singer Bob Thompson recites King’s carefully considered words, it’s a much-needed tap on the shoulder from the ethers.

Chilling and pure, the line “Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality” cuts deep. Powerful in its simplicity and certitude, it’s elevated by Nona Hendryx’s gospel moans and exhortations, blending with Cole’s pure, clear soprano to create a moving invocation.

Cole wants action, and she means to get it … without sacrificing compassion and conscience. As she sings on “Universal Empathy”:

I want to get militant/I want to divide and scream.

But I think on Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream.

I know that in ev’ry soul regardless of their skin

Or age or sex or identity lies the empathy within.

And as she girds to fight the big battles, Cole finds a place for the small important details in life. Second-wave feminists have reminded us since the late ‘60s that the “personal is political,” that it’s in that realm that the germ of change and awareness begins. So, after the stirring mission statement of “Revolution (Is a State of Mind),” Cole pillages her own life, exploring familial and personal wounds, not sparing herself or those closest to her in her insistence on telling important and sometimes terrible truths.

It’s all grist for Cole’s mill, because she feels she owes that kind of honesty to her audiences. She is talking to the tribe, and in showing who she is, she allows them to see themselves more clearly. Because if anything, art is a mirror.

Check out these tracks below and then head Here to grab your copy, learn more about the album and find tour dates!


New Podcast Starting Every 3rd Sunday at 1pm – Rural Roots Rising!

KBOG 97.9 is happy to announce a partnership with Rural Organizing Project on their new monthly podcast, Rural Roots Rising! This podcast is created by and for rural Oregonians who are creatively and courageously building stronger and more vibrant communities for a just democracy.

Inaugural Episode: Anyone Can Be An Organizer features Brenda Flores with Raíces in Stanfield, Umatilla County, Juan Navarro with Here to Stay in the mid-Willamette Valley, and Monica Pearson with Indivisible North Coast Oregon in Astoria, Clatsop County. We talked with each of them about their work for migrant justice, how they first started organizing, and what motivates them to keep going. This episode is grounded in our belief that no matter who you are or where you live, anyone can be an organizer. It features music by The Road Sodas, who are also rural Oregonians!

Here at KBOG we are excited to share this with all of our listeners because of how important it is to have community radio made by and for folks who are in our own neighborhoods. Tune in Sunday, November 17th at 1pm, and you can also find & subscribe to Rural Roots Rising on Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher and iHeart Radio.

Welcome to the Bandon Community Radio family RRR!


Annual Holiday Craft Fair, Langlois, November 22 & 23

Start the season with a visit to the 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Lions Hall on Floras Lake Loop Road just south of Langlois. The fair will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 22nd and 23rd, from 9:00 AM to 4 PM and is sponsored by the Langlois Lions and the Friends of the Langlois Library

Talented South Coast artists and craftspeople will be displaying a fabulous array of creations which will make shopping for holiday gifts a pleasure. Whether you are looking for a gift of wood, metal, fiber or locally grown food, you will find unique and surprising gifts at the Langlois Holiday Craft Fair.

Bring a friend and treat yourself to a lunch by our own World Famous Sandie McDonald. Friday, Sandie is serving her chicken dumpling soup & bread, and on Saturday, Swedish meatball soup & bread. Green salad & vegetarian options are available

Look for Craft Fair signs on Highway 101. Parking is plentiful. Great shopping, food and friends! Questions: 541-248-2242 or 541-348-2507


Circles in the Sand – Labyrinth on the Beach, November 23-24

Labyrinth, walking meditation. A unique walk on the beach. Labyrinth master artist, Denny Dyke creates “walkable art” which is a sandy path through an entire pattern with no wrong turns or dead ends. The path is further enhanced with detailed designs and is open for all to enjoy. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather, rain and/or high winds, 3-5pm, Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint Beach Loop Drive


A Thanksgiving Tradition Returns and is coming to Bandon!…..12 Hours…..51 Classics Episodes….Follow the adventures of the Man Of Steel during 5th Annual Superman Superfest! Tune in ALL DAY! Thanksgiving Day starting at 6am ET, only on KBOG 97.9FM!


Shop Bandon! Shop Local! – November 30

The Bandon Chamber is bringing back its’ Shop Bandon 4-hour FLASH SALE, one day only – November 30, 2019 – limited number of Shop Bandon “Irish Coffee style mugs” with local sea art decoration. Spend $60.00 at Bandon Merchants, bring receipts to Visitors Center from 11A – 4PM – and redeem for our special mugs. There are exceptions, and limited number of mugs you can obtain, due to the limited availability. This year we also have large tree/yard ornaments that will be offered in addition to the mugs as a reward for your receipts of at least $60. This is a limited availability and receipts from November 30 date only will be accepted. First come, first serve. For additional information, call 541-347-9616.


Night of 10,000 Lights, November 30

The Night of 10,000 Lights returns to Old Town Bandon for its eighth year on Saturday, November 30th. Many of the traditional Christmas activities of the Night of 10,000 Lights will be continued that afternoon and evening. Santa and Mrs. Claus will appear at Washed Ashore from 3 to 5 PM for pictures with the kids. As usual, local photographer Gary Edmiston will be providing those photos free of charge.

The traditional wine/nog walk will be returning as well. Glasses and maps will be available for purchase at Washed Ashore from 3 to 5 PM. The wine/nog walk is all part of Small Business Saturday. Many merchants will be providing refreshments and activities, so drop on in to get an early start on your Christmas Shopping. Free shopping bags, cookies and cider will be available where the glasses are sold at Washed Ashore. You can also join the carolers as they wander from store to store.

And back by popular demand is Shop Bandon from 11 am to 3 pm. $60 in receipts from purchases made during Shop Bandon can be redeemed at the Visitors Center for a free holiday gift. This year’s Christmas tree lighting is scheduled for 5:30 PM.


Old Town Marketplace Farmers Market, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4pm through December!

No great Northwest town would be complete without a farmers’ market where shoppers can find fresh local fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers. The really good ones also feature local bakers, artisans, and more. Bandon is no exception! Shopping at a farmers’ market benefits the farmer, the consumer and the local economy – The food is fresher and healthier, and the money spent stays in the community.

Every Friday and Saturday from May through December, the Old Town Marketplace at 250 1st Street near the boardwalk is filled with local farmers, bakers and artisans, selling their creations. Shoppers can find fresh produce, sweet and savory cheesecakes, plant starts, jewelry, art, coffee, baked goods, and much more, including wine & beer tastings from The Shed and fresh fish from Farm & Sea. The market is open from 10-4, but come early for the best selections!



Born in 2004 in Tualatin, Oregon, Nyah’s family moved to Paris, France when she was 2 1/2 years old for her father’s job. Her Dad, Scott, says “…she’s incredibly smart. I was in France for six months as an expat working for a U.S. based company before traveling back to the United States to get Nyah, my wife, and Nyah’s brother. Within two months, Nyah was speaking more French than I was!”

After two exciting (Nyah had a view of the Eiffel Tower from her living room window) and educational years in France (she started school two months after arriving in Paris), Nyah and her family moved back to the United States and eventually made their way to the small coastal Oregon town of Florence, where she has spent the majority of her 15 years. “I love Florence…I love the coast of Oregon…it’s my home”, says Nyah.

Upon moving to Florence, Nyah immediately started performing in local musical theatre productions, earning her way to her first “big” role at 10 years old as Flounder in The Little Mermaid. From there she was Gavroche in Les Miserables, and most recently she was Dorothy in The Wiz. Nyah began broadening her experience to larger audiences when she first sang the National Anthem at the University of Oregons’ Matthew Knight Arena in front of 10,875 people at just 11 years old!

She has performed for the Ducks over three dozen times since then, multiple times for the Portland Trailblazers and Eugene Emeralds. In November 2017, at 13 years old, Sony Music Writer/Producer and CEO of InRage Entertainment, Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer saw a Youtube video of Nyah performing her cover of Pink’s ‘What About Us’ and also performing the National Anthem in front of 20,000 people at Portland’s Moda Center for the NBA’s Trailblazers.

Two months after first learning about Nyah, InRage Entertainment signed her as an “Artist in Development” with the intent to help Nyah perfect her music writing, vocal skills and stage presence, with the objective of having Nyah ready to release her first single in about two years. With Nyah traveling to InRage’s headquarters (known by InRagers as “InRage Manor”) near Burbank, California monthly, all it took was a few months for Automatic to realize Nyah was way ahead of the game.

Nyah recorded her first single, ‘Empty Spaces’, in September 2018, filmed the official music video in November, and released her debut single in February 2019. Nyah’s second single, ‘Flowers On My Grave’ went live in August 2019 and her third, ‘Midnight’, dropped on September 27, 2019. All three song were written by Nyah and produced by Automatic and the incredible team at InRage Entertainment.

Check out her first 3 tracks below, and then head to the links to be the first to grab your copies, available on all major platforms!

Click Here To Get “Empty Spaces”

Click Here To Get “Flowers On My Grave”


Click Here To Get Your Copy of “Midnight”

Look for Nyah to drop her debut EP later this year! KBOG is proud to support Independent Artists, especially such talented home-grown Oregonians!