News Archive

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 >

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 >

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March 2018 News from Confluence

March 3, 2018

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 at Wallace & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School in White Salmon, Washington, Meanus sat in front of a famous photo of her as a child standing near Celilo Falls with her grandparents, Chief Tommy Thompson and his wife, Flora Thompson. Her early life was the subject of the 1956 children's book, Linda's Indian Home. The "Linda" of the story is now an elder with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, a cancer survivor and a recent graduate of Portland State University. She spends time these days teaching native language lessons to PSU students.

Meanus was in White Salmon with Warm Spring artist and educator Jefferson Greene for Confluence in the Classroom. The program connects students and teachers with native artists to learn more about the rich indigenous cultures of the Columbia River. All week, the students learned about native stories, languages and perspectives. Thanks to the BNSF Foundation, the PGE Foundation, the Roundhouse Foundation and the Washington Arts Commission for their support. Special thanks to the Friends of Confluence who support the Lillian Pitt Education Fund.  

Chinook Salmon Gathering Added to Confluence Road TripLower Columbia Road Trip - July 13-15, 2018

Trip details just get better! We are fortunate to keep bringing wonderful speakers to help us dig deeper into the storied landscape of the Columbia River system. Check out the Road Trip flyer hereWe are extremely fortunate to be invited to join Chinook Nation Chairman Tony Johnson and other tribal members to enjoy a salmon bake, song and dance and walk to the old village site in Bay City, Washington. In addition, we are pleased that author, teacher and Cowlitz Tribal Council Member Christine Dupres and Pacific Northwest colonial-era archaeologist Doug Wilson will be joining artist Lillian Pitt for a visit to the Confluence Land Bridge, Fort Vancouver and for lunch at the historic Grant House! Here's the full itinerary.

Make your reservation here. 

Contact Program Manager Courtney Yilk for suggestions for accommodations and reservations.

Gray Family Foundation Supports Teacher Workshops

Confluence is thrilled to announce that we learned this week the Gray Family Foundation will support Confluence's latest education initiative to help teachers in Oregon as they respond to new legislative requirements to include lessons on Native American culture, history and sovereignty. In collaboration with a group of indigenous and environmental science educators, teachers will attend workshops to develop and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate environmental education into their science, social science, humanities and arts lessons in a way that includes the perspectives of Native Americans. 

Thanks to the Gray Family Foundation for recognizing the critical role this kind of education can play in enhancing students' opportunities to better engage and become stewards of their communities.