News Archive

May 8, 2017

Confluence Severs Ties with Wells Fargo

Confluence will sever its financial relationship with Wells Fargo in response to the financial service provider’s continued economic interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The Confluence Board of Directors has...   more >

May 2, 2017

Upcoming Confluence Events

Screening of Broken Treaties May 25, 2017 Confluence and OPB invite you to a screening of Oregon Experience's "Broken Treaties" followed by a discussion on how regional Tribes are using their treaties...   more >

April 21, 2017

Upcoming Events at Confluence

Earth Day Work Party at the Confluence Land Bridge Volunteer this Earth Day to tend to landscaping needs (mulching!) on the Confluence Land Bridge with hosts Confluence and the City of...   more >

April 19, 2017

Education Fund Honors Lillian Pitt and Her Legacy

Artist Lillian Pitt doesn't like to be called the "founder" of Confluence in the Classroom. Instead, she prefers the term "auntie." The education program she helped create is a simple...   more >

Confluence Severs Ties with Wells Fargo

May 8, 2017

Confluence will sever its financial relationship with Wells Fargo in response to the financial service provider’s continued economic interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The Confluence Board of Directors has approved this decision out of concern that this project has great potential to cause harm to people whose water and livelihoods depend on the Missouri River. Just as importantly, the needs and views of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes have not been adequately taken into account in the decision to construct the pipeline. Wells Fargo is an investor in the pipeline and the company building it, Energy Transfer Partners of Texas. 

Confluence is a community-supported nonprofit that works with Northwest tribes, communities and the celebrated artist Maya Lin to build art/landscape installations along the route that Lewis and Clark traveled on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Our mission grew out of a movement among Columbia River tribes, not only to assert their rights guaranteed by treaties with the U.S. government, but also a desire to tell their story to the American public.

Confluence’s sixth and final project is proposed for Celilo Park, near The Dalles, Oregon, to honor the legacy of Celilo Falls and connect people with a more inclusive history of the Columbia River. This natural wonder was a center of commerce and culture since time immemorial until it was flooded by The Dalles Dam in 1957. 

Wells Fargo has provided banking services to Confluence as it holds capital funds in reserve for the Confluence project proposed for Celilo Park. Last fall, the Confluence Board of Directors and Maya Lin sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers objecting to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Now the organization will close its accounts at Wells Fargo in protest of the institution’s role in building the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Confluence Board of Directors:

Antone Minthorn, Chair

Connie Sue Martin, Secretary

Jane Jacobsen, Treasurer

Mary Bishop

Charles Eaton

Debi Fitzgerald

Thomas Lauderdale

Lona Neimi

Glenn Nelson

Alisa Pyszka

Johnie Tucker

Patricia Whitefoot

Colin Fogarty, Executive Director