The Silencing of Celilo Falls – 66th Anniversary on March 10th

This article was published on: 03/10/23 6:46 PM

The 66th anniversary of the silencing of Celilo Falls on the Columbia River occurred on March 10th, 2023. Celilo Falls was a significant fishing site and meeting place for many Indigenous tribes in the Pacific Northwest, including the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce tribes.

In 1957, the construction of The Dalles Dam in Oregon caused the Columbia River to rise and flood Celilo Falls, destroying the fishing site and disrupting the way of life for the Indigenous people who relied on it. This event is often referred to as the “silencing” of Celilo Falls, as it had a profound impact on the cultural and spiritual practices of the Indigenous people in the region.

The anniversary of this event is an opportunity to reflect on the ongoing struggles faced by Indigenous communities in North America, including the loss of land and cultural suppression. It is also a time to honor the resilience and strength of these communities and to support efforts to preserve their cultural heritage and sovereignty.

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