Interestingly, no one who gave testimony on HJM 15 was in support of a temporary revealing of Celilo Falls. There was however, a diversity of thoughts about how to view a request to the Army Corp of Engineers for more information on the impacts of lowering Lake Celilo.
Representative Greg Smith – District 57 which includes the Dalles Dam gave the first testimony. Representative Smith laid out a long list of concerns that exist around any change in Lake Celilo and which would need to be addressed positively in the eventual restoration of Celilo Falls.
Coverage of our presentation at PIELC 2015 – Our presentation was much more nuanced than a report like this is able to represent – and it is a sincere effort at representing some of the perspectives shared. Celilo Falls is much more than the historically largest waterfall in North America. It is a heart of a disrupted but present Ancient Tribal Fishery – which honors and defends the integrity of human relationships with salmon, water and all the lands and seas that they connect. It is a place which represents a trust between those who have come before and those who are yet unborn. It will be a good day when we realize the dreaming of the return of Wyam!
Panel presented on March 6, 2015 at the Many Nations Longhouse, Oregon State University by
Presentation Slides of Treothe Bullock
Presentation Slides used by Aurolyn Stwyer
Celilo Falls Education Fund Mission
Celilo Falls Education Fund (CFEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the natural rights of NChi’Wana (the Columbia River) and its indigenous cultures and ecosystems, beginning with Celilo Falls. CFEF advances evolution of the region’s dominant economy and culture away from conquest and exploitation of NChi’Wana toward cooperation and ecological integrity. CFEF is committed to promoting restoration of Celilo Falls as an essential step toward recognizing NChi’Wana’s natural rights and transforming the region’s dominant economy and culture. Key points in this vision include: the revitalization of her waters, recovery of native fisheries and the full restoration of indigenous harvest sites of the Mid-Columbia. To achieve this mission we will:
- Sponsor and participate in events empowering dialogue between diverse stakeholders;
- Build educational media and curricula; and
- Foster interdisciplinary studies of economic, ecological, social and legal opportunities to realize this vision of a free NChi’Wana.
Contact CFEC c/o email@example.com
Thank you for your generous support of this vision and work!