News Archive

October 10, 2018

Professional Development: Cultural Curiosity in the Classroom

Cultural Curiosity in the Classroom FREE WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS October 27th 8 am - 5 pm Mt Hood Community College GE (General Education)201 Lunch Included Culture is something everybody has. With a willingness...   more >

August 22, 2018

Native Plant Walks on the Confluence Land Bridge

Confluence is honored to continue to work with Greg Archuleta, the Grand Ronde Lifeways Instructor, to offer this special series of walks. Greg will share native plants, their uses, and...   more >

July 25, 2018

Confluence Legacy Maker Dinner

Legacy in the Landscape In Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Land Bridge and the Bird Blind Feature Speakers: Architect Johnpaul Jones, Designer of the Land Bridge and Artist Lillian Pitt Our...   more >

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 >


Confluence Newsletter – June 2017

June 28, 2017

Connecting Students to Place Through Art and Education

Four bold paintings by Yakama high school and middle school students will be displayed at the Yakama Cultural Center in Toppenish, Washington this summer. It's just one of many amazing projects created this year through Confluence in the Classroom. The students collaborated with Yakama artist Toma Villa during a recent Gathering of Native Americans (GONA). Confluence in the Classroom connects students with Native artists and educators to create meaningful artworks about the Columbia River system. The four banners included images of traditional Native root gathering and a snake encircling a drop of water. Another painting was simply the words, "Water Is Life.” Thanks to the Washington State Arts Commission for supporting this project.

As the school year ends, a new report shows that Confluence in the Classroom collaborates with districts to satisfy key requirements for teaching native education in schools. The state of Washington requires Native history to be included in classroom curriculum. Oregon lawmakers are considering similar legislation. Education evaluator Susy Watts wrote that the concepts and lessons taught by native educators through Confluence aligns with specific requirements outlined in Since Time Immemorial, a curriculum developed by Washington tribes, and the equivalent in Oregon, Indians in Oregon Today.

Read the full report here.


Confluence Presents at Gathering of Native Leaders

The Confluence project proposed for Celilo Park near The Dalles, Oregon was the subject of a presentation at the recent convention of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians in Portland. The meeting included indigenous leaders from throughout the region. Confluence Board Chair Antone Minthorn and Executive Director Colin Fogarty gave those assembled an update on progress toward the project’s completion and sought input on its development. Gathering feedback has been an essential part of each Confluence site. With input from tribal members, artist Maya Lin designed the Celilo Park project to honor the cultures of the Columbia River system and educate people about the legacy of Celilo Falls. Learn more about the project here.


Shaken Not Stirred: A Special Evening with Pink Martini

Confluence is very pleased to join several other nonprofits for a benefit concert on August 19th with Pink Martini at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego.

For more information, please click here.