Hood River will hold its 4th annual observance of Indigenous People’s Day on October 8. The official proclamation of the day includes an event scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at Overlook Memorial Park with four scheduled speakers.
The Indigenous People’s Day event will begin with a welcome from Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn followed by keynote speaker Brigette McConville, a Tribal Council Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Davis “Yellowash” Washines, the executive chairman of the Yakama Nation General Council will also address the audience. A closing will be given by Judy Zimmerman, chairperson for Gorge Ecumenical Ministries. The event will last approximately 45 minutes and will conclude with a moment of fellowship sharing cups of non-alcoholic cider. Overlook Memorial Park is located on State Street at the intersection of 2nd Street in Hood River.
Keynote speaker, Brigette McConville, serves on the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and was previously on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Historical Society. She comes from a river family—her mother from The Dalles down river and her father from The Dalles up river. Brigette and her husband have fishing rights at sites along the Columbia River, including Bonneville Dam up river, Klickitat, Deschutes and John Day rivers. They own and operate Salmon King Fisheries.