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 >

March News from Confluence 2019

March 2, 2019

David Lewis, Tanna Engdahl, Pand andl Lumley

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. These Stories from the River are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The aim is to support teachers as they work to bring Indigenous perspectives into their classrooms. 

Read more about Woodrow Hunt here.


Gathering Showcases Native Stories

“To be a native requires a lot of patience,” said Paul Lumley (Yakama), executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland. “There’s a lot more work we have to do in telling our story.”

Paul's comment was one of many thoughtful and powerful moments at the latest Confluence Story Gathering, this time at Washington State University-Vancouver. He was joined on stage by Grand Ronde historian David Lewis and Cowlitz spiritual leader Tanna Engdahl as the three shared stories and perspectives on their personal experiences and deep family connections to this landscape.

Confluence Story Gatherings are one way we advance the Confluence mission to connect people with the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. As Paul told us, "Thank you for all that you do to help the tribes tell their story."

Check out this great article in The Columbian.