By Greg Bolt
Plans for a $75 million student residence hall recently stalled when Native Americans pointed out that the new dorm would block the rising sun’s light from reaching the longhouse. The morning light is important in many Native American cultures.
The conflict led the campus planning committee to table a vote on the schematic and open space plans for the dorm. Unless the matter is resolved quickly, the delay could prevent the university from opening the new dorm in fall 2012 as it had planned.
Below: Many Nations Longhouse, UO Campus--Eugene, Oregon. (Brad Cooley)