SOP: Crisis on the Columbia: Native-White Alliances

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Crisis on the Columbia: Native-White Alliances & Opposition to The Dalles Dam

At mid-century, the Native fishing community of Celilo Village was in crisis. Large dams, a highway widening, and federal policies of termination and relocation conspired to remove Indian people from a place their families had occupied for more than 12,000 years. Stepping into this maelstrom were two women from very different backgrounds. Together, they forged an alliance that made a difference. Flora Thompson, along with her husband Chief Tommy Thompson, had fought to protect fish drying sheds, fishing stations, and Celilo Village homes for decades. Joining her was Martha McKeown, a high school English teacher, community activist, and author of several local histories, including two children’s stories about the Thompsons. Their remarkable friendship can be traced through dozens of letters recently unearthed in the University of Oregon archives. Their intertwined story illustrates the importance of cross-cultural alliances at a transformative period in NW history. Join Gorge Owned for “ Crisis on the Columbia: How two Women Made a Difference on the Cold War River”, a lesson on the importance of cross-cultural alliances lead by Katy Barber, December 19th, 7 PM at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Katy Barber returned to her hometown of Portland to teach in the history department at Portland State University in 2001. Her books include In Defense of Wyam: Natives -White Alliances in the Struggle for Celilo Village (2018) and Death of Celilo (2005).

Event Details:
GO Sense of Place
When – Wednesday, December 19, 7PM
Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation
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GO is a 501.c.3 member-supported organization with a mission to help people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment and vibrant community in the Columbia River Gorge. With more than 200 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programming that informs and inspires people to invest in making the Gorge an even better place to live.

December 19 2018


Date: December 19, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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