News Archive

February 8, 2019

Confluence to Invest in Education as Celilo Park Project Put On Hold

Dear friends, I want to share with you an important update on the Confluence Project proposed at Celilo Park, which is designed to connect people with the rich Indigenous history of...   more >

January 26, 2019

January News from Confluence

Filmmaker Puts Indigenous Voices First “We are not trying to give answers," says filmmaker Woodrow Hunt. "We are putting Native people in front of students and letting them tell their story.”Hunt (Klamath/Modoc/Cherokee) is founder...   more >

January 25, 2019

Artist Profile: Woodrow Hunt

Filmmaker Woodrow Hunt is Klamath/Modoc/Cherokee and founder of Tule Films. He is the filmmaker for the Confluence Documentary Shorts that will be released April 2019. This series of ten films...   more >

January 20, 2019

Confluence Story Gathering at WSU-Vancouver

Confluence and WSU Vancouver host the first Confluence Story Gathering of 2019 on Saturday, February 16th, from 4:00- 6:00 pm, at the Dengerink Building, Room 110, WSU-V. Story Gatherings are intended...   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