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 >

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