News Archive

June 12, 2019

Confluence Seeks Education Program Manager

Confluence is a community-supported nonprofit with the mission to connect people to the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. We work through six...   more >

May 24, 2019

Students visit She Who Watches through Confluence Outdoors

Watch this fantastic video to learn about an amazing art project we did recently through Confluence Outdoors. Yakama artist Toma Villa arranged 90 students from White Salmon, Washington into the...   more >

May 14, 2019

Don't miss these upcoming events!

Confluence Story Gathering - Vanport Mosaic Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM Cerimon House 5131 Northeast 23rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97211 Get Tickets Here $10 suggested contribution   Confluence Road Trip - Columbia...   more >

April 9, 2019

Three Reasons to Give

Our 2019 Spring Appeal is underway! It’s your opportunity to become a Friend of Confluence for the first time or to renew your support by donating to our mission: to...   more >


Confluence Road Trips

March 14, 2019

Indigenous Sovereignty and Resilience on the Columbia River

road trip noun
            definition of a road trip

1    : an interesting way to get from one place to another
2    : a journey, travel that prioritizes experience and observation over arriving at a destination 
3    : a state of mind 

A Confluence Road Trip allows you to dig deeper into the storied landscape of the Columbia River. Time at sites of cultural and environmental significance with Indigenous speakers is a chance to hear first-person insights into Native culture and history. You will come away with a richer understanding of tribal sovereignty, cultures based on reciprocity and the legacy of Native resilience. Confluence Road Trips are designed for educators, including classroom teachers, but anyone who is curious is welcome.
Columbia River Gorge to the High Desert
June 28-30, 2019
This trip includes a hike at the Sandy River Delta in Troutdale, Oregon, a visit to Celilo Park near The Dalles and participation in the Treaty of 1855 celebrations on the Warm Springs Reservation known as Pi-Ume-Sha. Throughout the journey you will meet guest speakers from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Cost: $375. This includes honoraria for guest speakers, three breakfasts and one dinner. Not included: transportation, two nights accommodations, lunches and one dinner.

Lower Columbia River to the Coast
July 13-14, 2019 
This trip begins with a visit to the Confluence Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver. Then we will travel to Bay Center, Washington as guests of the Chinook Nation for a traditional salmon bake, drum and song. The following morning we will visit Cape Disappointment and the Confluence artworks connecting you to Chinook homelands and where Lewis and Clark first saw the Pacific Ocean.
Throughout the journey you will meet guest speakers from the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, the Chinook Nation and Cape Disappointment State Park.
Cost: $200. This includes honoraria for guest speakers, one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner. Not included, transportation and one night accommodation. Camping is available.

For questions, contact Program Manager Courtney Yilk or call our office at 360.693.0123.