Published October 13, 2018
Treaty Conference will take place at The Museum at Warm Springs on Oct. 25–27, 2018
WARM SPRINGS, Ore. — The list of speakers, artists and documentarians participating in “People of the River, People of the Salmon: Then, Now and Tomorrow” (“Wana Thlama-Nusuxmí Tanánma: E-Wah’-Cha’-Nye”) — a Treaty Conference in celebration of TheMuseum at Warm Springs’ 25th Anniversary — has been announced.
The Treaty Conference is hosted by The Museum at Warm Springs and will take place at The Museum on Thursday, Oct. 25 through Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. The Treaty Conference will focus on the 1855 Treaty and the 1993 establishment of The Museum at Warm Springs as important actions of inherent sovereignty. The event will conclude with an honoring of “Living Treasures,” Warm Springs tribal citizens whose knowledge and commitment to perpetuating the culture and heritage leave a legacy for future generations.
Conference speakers will include: Howard Arnett, esq., pro tem instructor, University of Oregon Karnopp Petersen LLP; Michelle J. DePass, J.D., MPA, president and CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust; Walter Echo Hawk Sr., esq. (Pawnee); Kathleen Shaye Hill (Klamath Tribes), author; The Honorable Alfred Lane III (Siletz), vice chairman, Confederated Tribes of Siletz; Rebecca Miles (Nez Perce), executive director, Nez Perce Tribe; Robert J. Miller (Eastern Shawnee), professor of law, Arizona State University; and Charles Wilkinson, esq., Moses Lasky professor of law emeritus, University of Colorado.
Lead artists and documentarians will include: Elizabeth Woody (Native Arts and Cultures Foundation literary fellow), senior lead artist and writer; Valerie Switzler, senior lead artist, culture bearer and linguist; Aurolyn Stwyer (Native Arts and Cultures Foundation master artist fellow), senior lead artist and culture bearer; Jefferson Greene, lead artist and culture bearer; Bunky Echo Hawk Jr., Pawnee–Yakama painter; Edward Heath, Warm Springs photographer; Woody Hunt, Cherokee-Modoc filmmaker; The Honorable Alfred Lane III, Siletz culture bearer and linguist; Phillip Cash Cash, Ph.D., Nez Perce–Cayuse culture bearer and linguist; and Toma Villa, Yakama Nation painter.
The Treaty Conference will provide an overview of the history of treaties and, specifically, the history of treaties as it pertains to the tribes in Oregon. A focus will provide important materials to contribute to the education of Warm Springs tribal children and citizens as it relates to their inheritance of Treaty rights and responsibilities. The Conference panels will provide information for administrators of Oregon’s county and state governments and federal administrators of the Pacific Northwest region. Discussion will be centered on assisting Oregon teachers and educators to understand treaties and the history of Oregon’s tribes for the mandate of teaching American Indian history in schools; providing basic education for current and future Oregon citizens regarding tribal sovereignty and co-management of Natural Resources; and delivering insight to cultural constant — natural laws of the Creator — of Oregon tribes and the economic benefits of tribal sovereignty and governance.
The “Middle Oregon Treaty of 1855 Display,” which opened on Oct. 2, 2018, will be on view at The Museum through Nov. 3, 2018. The exhibit includes six pages of the original Middle Oregon Treaty of 1855 that established the Warm Springs Reservation. The Treaty pages, which are on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., were selected by Museum Archivist and Warm Springs Tribal Member Evaline Patt. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Treaty Conference.