PRESENTATION: Dr. David Lewis on Chinookans of the Wapato Valley (Zoom)

June 5, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This presentation will survey the Chinookans peoples of the Wapato Valley, the area known as Portland Metro today. We will look at the various Chinook tribes that lived in their area, their lifeways and cultures and economies. We will then address the changes made to the tribes when settlers came, their challenges and adaptations. We will follow these people to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation to see how they were managed by the federal government. In the midst of the presentation we will look at questions about their lands, rights and forceful removal.

David G. Lewis, PhD is a member of the Confederated tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Chinook,

Takelma, and Santiam Kalapuya tribes. He is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University.
This is the final presentation from the Ad Hoc Committee on Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Zoom Meeting ID: 838 6799 5077 Passcode: 264672