Confluence Library

On April 1st, 2021 Confluence premiered the film “Salmon’s Agreement” followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Woodrow Hunt and Bobbie Conner of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Social discourse is the way most individuals will have learned about Kennewick Man. In this article, communications scholar Cynthia-Lou Coleman (Osage) the historical pseudoscience roots and present impact of the coverage — through newspapers, blogs, websites, and books– surrounding the The Ancient One. This type of coverage has direct impact on the Indigenous Peoples from the Columbia River.

In this excerpt, Louie Pitt relates his experience in repatriation.

Two family members, Emily Washines (Yakama)and Josiah Pinkham (Nez Perce), discuss finding resilience, comfort, and strength in times of challenge.

In this episode, the speakers discuss speaking as a voice for the orcas, salmon, and the waterways they live in. Listen to the episode to learn from Washington State Representative Debra Lekanoff (Tlingit), Klickitat Tribal Elder Wilbur Slockish, and James Holt, (Nez Perce) the Executive Director of the Buffalo Field Campaign on how to care for these important members of our ecosystem.

How are orcas connected to salmon? In this episode Debra Lekanoff (Tlingit), Klickitat Tribal Elder Wilbur Slockish, and James Holt, (Nez Perce) discuss the orcas, salmon, and waterways that bromg grace to our region and how they require committed caretakers – now more than ever

Answering the question, “Who Gets to be an American?” Elizabeth Woody, Chuck Sams, and Patricia Whitefoot talk about how to help people become more American, through an Indigenous lens.

Answering the question, “Who Gets to be an American?” Elizabeth Woody, Chuck Sams, and Patricia Whitefoot talk about the complex nature of US citizenship, the sovereignty of tribal nations, the responsibility to the land, the kinship network to the non-human elements of the land, and the relationship to the world.

Indigenous communities in our region have been hit disproportionately hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Emily Washines (Yakama) and Chuck Sams (CTUIR) to hear first-hand stories of the different ways Tribes have responded. This conversation will go beyond statistics and headlines to consider the daily lives of Native people as they confront what, for them, the most recent pandemic.

Curious about how Confluence got started? Interested in the work we’re doing in schools? Watch a recorded discussion with Executive Director Colin Fogarty for about where Confluence began, how it has evolved and where we’re going in the future.