Sue Shaffer honored at Cow Creek Tribe’s Veterans Dinner

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians dedicated the 18th Annual Veterans Dinner to its late tribal leader, Sue Shaffer, known for advocating for the rights of Native Americans and military veterans.

Born in 1922 in Days Creek, Shaffer served the Cow Creek tribe for almost 30 years as tribal chairwoman and led efforts to achieve federal recognition of the tribe. She originally hosted the veterans dinner as a fundraiser to support World War II veterans in Douglas County. The event was successful and grew into an annual affair to support all veterans.