News Archive

April 9, 2019

Three Reasons to Give

Our 2019 Spring Appeal is underway! It’s your opportunity to become a Friend of Confluence for the first time or to renew your support by donating to our mission: to...   more >

March 14, 2019

Confluence Road Trips

Indigenous Sovereignty and Resilience on the Columbia River road trip noun            definition of a road trip 1    : an interesting way to get from one place to another2    : a journey, travel that prioritizes experience and observation...   more >

March 2, 2019

March News from Confluence 2019

Documentary Shorts Feature Indigenous Voices Filmmaker Woodrow Hunt (Klamath/Modoc/Cherokee) of Tule Films is developing a series ten documentary shorts with Confluence that will be released at our upcoming screening event on April 13, 2019....   more >

February 17, 2019

Join us for these great upcoming events!

Promised Land Film Screening Award-winning social justice documentary that follows the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they have long been denied. This event is...   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