First-person storytelling has a unique power to deepen our understanding of the histories, cultures, and environment that surrounds us. Confluence Story Gatherings are welcoming forums that feature the stories of Native elders, leaders and thinkers, told in their own voices, as a way to explore the interconnectedness of the people and places of the Columbia River system. These events feature video selections of first-person narratives and mini-documentaries, followed by discussions led by a panel of Native representatives. This event is in partnership with Gorge Owned’s Sense of Place Lecture series.
At this Story Gathering, speakers will share personal stories on Native fishing, resource management, and the Columbia River Indigenous cultures that have equally evolved from these practices and also continue to sustain them. Themes will include principles and practice, climate change and restoration.
Carol Craig is an enrolled Yakama tribal member, Carol has 30 years of outreach experience related to tribal treaty rights, salmon recovery, tradition and culture. She has been nominated twice for the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership award. Currently, Carol is a reporter/photographer for the Yakama Nation Review and has received a number of journalism awards for her work.
Buck Jones is an enrolled Cayuse member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). He was raised practicing sovereign rights including hunting, fishing, and gathering First Foods. Buck is a Columbia River Treaty Fisherman. He works for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) as a Field Marketing Specialist in the Salmon Marketing Program. This position allows Buck to work on markets, provide training for approximately 600 Tribal Fishermen, and be involved in national and regional Tribal Food Sovereignty Groups.
Aja DeCoteau is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and has tribal lineage with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Cayuse, and Nez Perce. She has nearly 20 years of experience working on natural resource management and policy issues in the Columbia River Basin. She currently serves as the Watershed Department Manager for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) where she coordinates fisheries restoration and watershed protection activities on behalf of the Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Warm Springs tribes.
Robert Brunoe is the General Manager of Natural Resources and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Robert provides direction in carrying out the mission of the Tribes for protection and enhancement of natural and cultural resources, and also the protection of on and off-reservation Treaty Rights.
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