Story Gathering

Voices of the River Journal Launch Party

November 18, 2022
6:00 pm
Oregon Historical Society Downtown Portland

The Voices of the River Journal is an extension of the work Confluence does in public gatherings, education programs in schools, and our Digital Library that features interviews, documentary shorts, photo galleries, and research papers on these subject managers exclusively from an Indigenous perspective.

What: Voices of the River Journal Launch Party
When: Friday, November 18th, 2022 at 6 pm PST

Where: Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

This 28-page journal is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It features articles by the authors pictured above from left to right: Rachel Cushman (Chinook) and Chance White Eyes (Oneida), Sean Smith (Chinook), and Emily Washines (Yakama). The Journal also includes works by Carlee Wilson (Chinook), poetry by Ed Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock), and first-person narratives from Linda Meanus (Warm Springs/Celilo) and Confluence Founding Board Chair Antone Minthorn (CTUIR), with accompanying art by Tommy Greyeyes (Navajo). The event will include refreshments and a panel discussion with several of the authors and Editor Lily Hart, sharing about the pieces and the experience of working together. Journal sales will be available.

Thank you to the National Endowment for the Humanities, and our partner in this event, the Oregon Historical Society.

Copies will be sold at the Launch Party OR you can preorder your copy here and we can mail it to you or you can pick it up at the Party.


Rachel Cushman: Rachel Cushman is presently working toward a Doctorate of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon while serving the Chinook Indian Nation and Indian Country in multiple capacities.

Chance White Eyes: Dr. Chance White Eyes received a Doctorate of Critical and Socio-Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Oregon and is currently a tenure-track faculty member at Southern Oregon University in Native Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Sean Smith: Sean Smith is an Executive Vice President at the Recording Academy/GRAMMYS. He previously served as an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration as a practice leader at Porter Novelli, the global communications agency. A member of the Chinook Indian Nation, Sean grew up near Salem, Oregon, and has degrees from the University of Oregon and Harvard University. His essays on music, fatherhood and American politics have appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Politico, Nashville Tennessean, Fatherly and

Emily Washines: Emily Washines, MPA and scholar is an enrolled Yakama Nation tribal member with Cree and Skokomish lineage.  Her films, podcasts, writing, and exhibits focus on history and culture. She is adjunct faculty at Yakima Valley College.

Lily Hart: Lily Hart is the Digital Content Manager at Confluence, and coordinator of the Voices of the River Journal.