News Archive

April 21, 2018

Celebrating Earth Day with Mulch!

They swept. They weeded. The picked up litter. They mulched and, along the way, they learned about the native history of the Columbia River. More than 40 volunteers celebrated Earth...   more >

April 21, 2018

Earth Day Work Party at the Land Bridge

Thanks for the strong interest in the work party, our numbers have reached capacity. Please contact Courtney for further opportunities.  Volunteer Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon to tend...   more >

April 20, 2018

Confluence Partners with Vanport Mosaic for Story Gathering

Confluence will host our first Confluence Story Gathering in 2018 as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival on Sunday, May 27th, from 11:00- 12:30 pm, at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.  To RSVP,...   more >

March 3, 2018

March 2018 News from Confluence

Sharing Stories of Celilo Linda Meanus smiled at the students as she told them stories of growing up with the sound of Celilo Falls ever present. As she spoke this week...   more >


Celilo Falls Home Movie Surfaces

March 9, 2017

We Need Your Help Identifying the People in This Video

This newly unearthed home movie of Celilo Falls has never been seen publicly until now. 

David Briggs' parents moved from the Midwest to the Coos Bay, Oregon area in early 1948. They thought they had moved to the end of the earth. Sometime that summer or the next year, they took a sightseeing trip around Oregon, visiting Crater Lake and the Columbia Gorge among other places. Briggs' dad shot 8mm movies, including some footage of Celilo Falls. David tells us he is pleased to be able to share it with the wider community. The unearthed film emerged just before the 60th anniversary of the flooding of Celilo Falls on Friday, March 10th. 

Here's where we need your help: We want to identify the fishermen and the woman in the cable car. Please share this video with anyone you think might know some of the individuals or email Confluence directly with any tips. Thanks!


Stories Connect People to Place at Astoria Gathering 

"We want each and every one of you to know these stories, because I genuinely believe you're going to treat this place differently if you see it the way we're lucky enough to inherit," explained Tony Johnson, Chinook Nation Chairman, to the audience at Astoria's Liberty Theatre on February 18. Tony, along with Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs) and David Lewis (Grand Ronde) discussed the past, present and future of the Columbia River and it's cultures during the second Confluence Story Gathering. The discussion was framed by video excerpts from interviews conducted with tribal elders and leaders with our partners at NW Documentary. 

Listen to the conversation now: Astoria StorGathering Part 1


Legacy Maker Dinner Rescheduled for April 19

We're pleased to announce our inaugural Legacy Maker Dinner has been rescheduled for Wednesday. April 19 at Union/Pine in Portland. We hope you can join us, and special guest Maya Lin, for an evening of thought-provoking stories and inspiring performances. 

Presented by

The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer


Wednesday, April 19, 2017


525 SE Pine Street, Portland, 97214


5 PM - Cocktails

6 PM - Dinner & Program

7 PM - Special Appeal 

$250/person; tickets still available, RSVP today!