I’m Agnes Baker-Pilgrim, a registered elder of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and a granddaughter of Chief George Harney, the first elected chief of the Siletz Nation. I live in Grants Pass, Oregon. I came from a family of nine children. I was the third from the last child, born September 11, 1924 near headwaters of the Siletz River at Logsden, Oregon. All of my siblings and parents are all gone and it’s just leaves me now of my family.
I’m alumni of Southern Oregon University and a lifetime member of Amacron Delta Kappa. I have a bachelors degree in psychology and a minor in Native American Studies, a culture instructor to my tribe, my other, Mother Earth, being a voice for the voices trying to prevent spiritual blindness.
On May 27, 2000 I was chosen by my tribe as a living legend and was honored along with other elders throughout the Northwest. I’m an elder mentor of Konaway Nika Tillicum at the Academy for Native American Youth, who live on campus at Southern Oregon University each year at the end of July.