News Archive

January 3, 2019

Annual Appeal Ends + Gift for Monthly Donors

Thank you to all of the Friends and Legacy Makers who made the 2018 Confluence Annual Appeal a huge success! We heard from 68 donors who gave more than $16,000 to support this important work!Your...   more >

December 18, 2018

Educational Programs Planned for 2019

As a busy year comes to a close, the Confluence staff is hard at work planning and scheduling meaningful programming in schools and public spaces. The mission of Confluence is...   more >

November 6, 2018

Your Legacy In the Landscape

The Annual Appeal is one way the Friends of Confluence support the important work of telling the story of the Columbia River ecosystem through Indigenous voices in schools and in...   more >

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 >

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