United by Water: a film presented by the Upper Columbia United Tribes

United by water film screening, photo of columbia river
Please join us at Ecotrust for an evening with the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT), who will host the world premier of a new film, United By Water, that documents the inspiring journey of local tribal communities to Kettle Falls, the fishing site of their ancestors, for the first time in 80 years. It is a film about reconnecting with tribal traditions and with the river that once was so integral to their way of life.

Doors open at 5:30 PM. Brief introductions and the film screening will begin at 6 PM, followed by Q&A.

Please RSVP to reserve your seat.

United by Water has received national attention already with several film festivals accepting the film into their events even before its premier. Directed by Derrick LaMere of War Pony Pictures, this film follows the first tribal canoe journey and gathering at Kettle Falls since the Ceremony of Tears in 1940. The film, narrated by famed author Sherman Alexie, documents this inspiring journey in 2016—building the canoes, the physical and spiritual journey on the Columbia River, and finally the historic landing at Kettle Falls.
The timely film highlights the need to recognize the importance of reconnecting to the Columbia River and restoring our salmon runs. Not only does the film bring attention to the historic wrongs that blocked salmon from the Upper Columbia River, but it shares the current efforts by UCUT and other tribes to bring forward tribal traditions to help better understand what is lacking in our contemporary society. We need to forge a deeper connection to the waters that bring life to our communities.

Date: Monday, November 27

Time:5:30 pm – 7:30 pm



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Ecotrust invites American Indian community members who are either currently enrolled students, recent graduates, or have commensurate work experience to apply for the 2017-2018 Ecotrust Indigenous Fellowship opportunity.

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.


During a 4 to 6-month time period, the Fellow will participate in a career development experience that aligns with one or more of Ecotrust’s program (Forestry, Food & Farms, Fisheries, Knowledge Systems) and/or functional teams (Communications, Finance/Operations, Development) based on the Fellow’s academic background and professional interests. They will have an opportunity to work with Ecotrust to catalyze a shift toward more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems. The program will support the Fellow to participate through either a current project at Ecotrust (see examples below) or an Ecotrust-aligned project initiated by the Fellow. If you are interested in conducting an independent project, please write a brief description or project proposal and attach it with your application.

The Fellow will be supported and mentored throughout the program by an Ecotrust Program Director and the Fellowship Program Coordinator in activities such as developing a work plan, technical assistance, project-related questions and approaches, and the Fellow’s professional development and career goals.

Possible projects:

  • Green Workforce Development. The Green Workforce Collaborative (GWC), which includes Ecotrust and several community partners, identifies and develops job opportunities and career pathways in environmental fields for young Black and Native American adults in the greater Portland metropolitan area, focusing on four major industries: Deconstruction, Recycling/Waste Management, Green Infrastructure/Urban Forestry, and Food Systems. The Fellow will help liaise with the Native community, recruit participants, support curriculum design, and instruct/mentor participants.
  • The Redd, an initiative of Ecotrust, is a working hub for the regional food system to create a different kind of food economy. The Redd supports five anchor tenants who operate out of each space in the building (3 production kitchens, one office, a warehouse with frozen and cold storage and a co-working office upstairs). Each anchor tenant subleases out to 80+ subtenants who use the space in various forms (from storage to production to office and distribution). The Fellow would gather, track and report data from The Redd that revolves around job creation, environmental stewardship, human health, and equitable food access and work with Redd Operations Manager to formalize a Redd Metrics Reporting structure and system to implement on a regular basis.
  • Alaska Native app development. In partnership with the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership in SE Alaska, Ecotrust developed a mobile web-based tool for communication, collaboration, and interaction between landowners/managers and the community of Hoonah to collaborate on decisions about land and watershed management. The Fellow would serve as a community liaison to build the tool’s user base. The liaison will champion the tool and promote its use while providing critical feedback for iterating and improving it.
  • Fisheries Program Development in Alaska. Ecotrust is currently in the process of revitalizing both its fisheries program and Alaska-focused efforts with the hiring of a new Fisheries Program Director based in Anchorage. The Fellow would work hand-in-hand with the Fisheries Program Director to assess the landscape and develop partnerships with fishing organizations, Tribes, scientists, fishery managers and other stakeholders who can help inform the direction of the program. Areas for consideration include ownership/access to fisheries, climate change and fisheries, innovative seafood marketing opportunities (i.e. food hubs and community supported fisheries), underutilized or abandoned fishing gear, and seafood processing infrastructure.
  • Tribal Forestry: Local and Regional Economic and Workforce Development. Ecotrust’s Forests & Ecosystem Service’s team is working in partnership with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to begin ecological forest management in diverse forest conditions across the Swinomish Reservation. Potential Fellow activities could be tailored based on experience and interest to include, for example: scoping of a program to meet local firewood needs entirely for Swinomish forestland; participation in planning, outreach, and engagement for FireWise community activities; exploration of the potential for apprenticeship and work-study options to train and recruit the next generation of tribal forest stewards; or field-based involvement in forest operations, inventory, and monitoring activities. A broader project in collaboration with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and Intertribal Timber Council is also an option researching the needs and opportunities for regional workforce development in tribal natural resource management.

How To Apply:

Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available above as a PDF or Word DOC) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to:  with this position’s title in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above. Your cover letter should clearly explain how your skills, experience, and interests fit this position.

Additional Information:

The base salary for the Fellowship is contingent on the duration of the project, however salary range will be between $3,000 and $3,500 per month. Travel funds up to $3,000 will be provided for the Fellow’s professional development, such as conferences and meetings or other events and trainings related to specific project work and/or subject matter.

This is a full-time position. Ecotrust offers a full benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and disability coverage.

Cowlitz Holiday Market

Holiday Market

7th Annual NAYA Winter Marketplace

Saturday December 9th 10am-4pm
Native American Youth and Family Center
5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, Oregon 

NAYA is proud to announce that the 7th annual NAYA Winter Marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 10am – 4pm in the NAYA gymnasium!
Come support our community’s vendors for one-stop Christmas shopping. Arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more just in time for the holidays!!!


Native Family Day and Marketplace

Saturday November 25th 10am-5pm
Mt. Scott Community Center
5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, 

A day to celebrate Community with our families and FREE crafts, swimming, roller skating and snacks!
Fry Bread Taco Fundraiser at noon!

This is also an opportunity to get a jump on that special gift from one of our many talented Native

Little Boxes Small Biz Weekend Shopping Event

Thursday, November 24th- November 26th

Portland, OR

Little Boxes is a city-wide shopping event and prize raffle held the weekend after Thanksgiving-Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Sunday

Get a raffle entry for every participating retailer you visit, and earn an additional raffle entry for every purchase you make.

More entries = more chances for you to win.

For more information, please visit the Little Boxes website.

Trump Administration Appoints John E. Huffman to Serve as State Director for Rural Development in Oregon

PORTLAND, Oregon, November 6, 2017 – The Trump Administration recently appointed John E. Huffman as the new State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development in Oregon. A former state legislator, Huffman will now help to implement USDA policies and Rural Development programs in the state to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.

“It is an honor to be selected by the President to fill the extremely important role of State Director of USDA Rural Development in Oregon,” said Huffman. “I look forward to working with the President, Secretary of Agriculture, and Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development to increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships in our state.”

Huffman has spent the past 10 years as an Oregon State Representative. His extensive experience identifying the needs of the rural communities he represented and helping to implement solutions will inform his new position with Rural Development. One of his first achievements in the state legislature was to help bring cellular infrastructure to a rural county in central Oregon. Huffman served on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and numerous ways and means subcommittees over the years. He has also led wide-ranging efforts, from expanding affordable rural housing, to connecting rural businesses with the resources that will enable them to thrive, to supporting the installation of new sources of renewable energy.

Prior to serving in the state legislature, Huffman owned and managed a successful radio station in north central Oregon for 22 years. He is supported in his work by his wife, Korina.

As State Director, Huffman will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to improve prosperity in rural Oregon.

Career Opportunity at the Oregon Lottery – Program Manager

The Oregon Lottery is a leader in the gaming industry and an important contributor of revenue for the state’s schools, parks, watershed restoration, veteran’ programs and outdoor schools.  We are looking for a Program Manager to provide effective management of the project initiation, planning, execution, control, closure and evaluation activities for projects of various size and scope.


As a member of the Enterprise Program Management Office (PMO) team the Program Manager in consultation with the Program or Project Sponsor(s), Technical Lead(s), and other stakeholders, provides effective management of the project initiation, planning, execution, control, closure and evaluation activities for projects of various size and scope. Projects include both business and IT centric initiatives and project management scope includes people, process and system implications and solutions required for program and project success.


Typical project management functions include program scope and schedule development and maintenance, project communications, team meetings, status reporting, change management, process improvement management, issue and risk management, etc.  The Program Manager leads, manages and coordinates enterprise-wide programs & projects involving diverse sponsor and stakeholder expectations and cross-functional teams.  The Program Manager develops new and enhances existing project management processes, tools and techniques. This position also supports business program portfolio management functions including the development, maintenance and on-going status reporting for the Lottery’s project portfolio database, associated IT resource allocation and Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) methodologies, and may act as the PMO’s team lead.


For more information and to apply visit our careers website http://www.oregonlottery.org/jobs/

Food Service Commercial Gas Equipment Bonus for Oregon Customers

Staying competitive means businesses of all sizes need to look for ways to stretch every dollar. Improving the energy efficiency of your facility and operations is one important way you can lower operating costs and save money, while enhancing employee and customer comfort. Energy Trust of Oregon offers incentives to help reduce your upfront costs and make energy-efficiency upgrades more affordable. And because bill savings often pay for the improvements in just a few years, you may achieve a faster return on your investment. Plus, by installing upgrades that reduce energy use, you can continue to save energy and money down the road.

  • This bonus is limited to Oregon State gas customers of Cascade Natural Gas, Northwest Natural and Avista only. This does not apply to sales in SW Washington. However, regular incentives still apply to our Northwest Natural customers.
  • This bonus is available for all commercial facilities with natural gas from Cascade Natural gas, Northwest Natural or Avista.
  • Applications need to be received by December 31, 2017 to receive the bonus incentive. If they are received after that date, they may not receive the bonus, but would be eligible for the standard incentive levels. Applications can be submitted electronically or by fax for expediency.
  • The date on the Invoice needs to be between October 18, 2017 and December 31, 2017.


Upgrade Now and Save Even More

ENERGY STAR EQUIPMENT Estimated Average Savings Standard Incentive Bonus Incentive
Gas Convection Oven (Full Size) 302 therms each $600 each oven $400 each oven
Gas Combination Oven 290 therms each $750 each oven $250 each oven
Gas Fryer 569 therms/vat $800/vat $300/vat
Gas Steam Cooker 1,308 therms each $2,600 each $900 each


Quick Checklist for a completed application with links:

  1. 120P Incentive Application Form: Completely filled out with signature typed or signed (Click for 120P)
  2. W-9: This is the most commonly forgotten piece. (Click for W9)
  3. Itemized Invoice: For the qualified equipment, including model numbers.
  4. Copy of site location gas bill

For more information, please visit the Energy Trust Commercial website, located here.

Washington County’s Job Opportunities

Washington County offers employees a collaborative culture, work-life balance, and a comprehensive benefits package. Working within Washington County provides daily opportunities to serve and build communities now and into the future.  We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce.  Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for our open positions.

Job Title  Job Type Department Closing 

Benefits Supervisor

Full Time Support Services 10/29/17

Industrial Appraiser

Full Time Assessment & Taxation 10/29/17

Information Technology Business Analyst

Full Time Support Services 10/29/17

Lateral Deputy (Jail and Enforcement) DPSST CERTIFIED ONLY

Full Time Sheriff’s Office Continuous

Management Analyst II

Full Time All County 11/05/17

Payroll Specialist

Full Time Support Services 10/29/17

Property Appraiser I

Full Time Assessment & Taxation 10/29/17

Senior HVAC Technician

Full Time Support Services Continuous

Senior Network Analyst

Full Time Support Services 11/05/17

Sheriff’s Office Recruit and Lateral Deputy (Jail and Enforcement Positions)

Full Time Sheriff’s Office Continuous

For more information, please click here.