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Treaty Conference: October 25, 26, 27, 2018
The Museum At Warm Springs
The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

There is a Columbia River Plateau spiritual concept, E-Wah’-Cha-Nye: “that is the way it has always been, that is the way it is today and will always be.” This is Twanat as we follow these practices, teachings, and actively follow our ancestors to prepare for tomorrow. Tichum is a concept in the Warm Springs culture that refers to the ancient activity on the land, and is of the the land. “This land is for you to know and live upon, and pass on to the children.”

This also speaks of a new imprint on our tribal nations’ vision as we look to the landscape for our knowledge. Languages and land were intertwined for thousands of years. With each vision quest, an individual brought back to the community a new understanding learned from the environment. Our land bestowed knowledge and practical intimacy through its processes and qualities. This cultural practice – a personal journey deep into the myth for reclamation of ancient elements and acclamations of respect for all life to come – potently binds originality to enduring values.

The cultures of the Columbia River Plateau speak of time immemorial – the beginning of this world, the demise of previous epochs, and what is to come – a visceral prophecy. As much as language, the patterns of the people have documented, preserved, and carried on their culture. Our leaders and culture bearers brings the new into the potency of image. This is the “then, now, and tomorrow.” In the past the artists, story tellers and teachers of our ways carried our collective knowledge, rights and sovereign nationhood from generation to present, to the future.

This Treaty Conference focuses on both the 1855 Treaty and establishment of the tribal museum as important declarations of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs’ inherent sovereignty, and in the practices and sovereignty inherent in the Paiute People.

The Treaty Conference is planned for both the tribal members and the general public.

The conference will:

  1. Focus on education of our children and citizens as to their inheritance of Treaty right and responsibilities.
  2. Provide succinct history of Treaties and of Oregon Tribes.
  3. Provide ongoing and critical workshops for administrators of Oregon’s County and StateGovernment, and Federal Administrators of the Pacific North West region; and assist teachers and educators of Oregon to understand Treaties and history of Oregon Tribes for the mandate of teaching American Indian history in schools.
  4. Provide essential education for the all-present and future citizens of Oregon regarding Tribal Sovereignty and co-management of Natural Resources.
  5. Provide insight to cultural constant of the Tribes of Oregon and the economic benefits of Tribal Sovereignty and governance.

All of which are only the beginning of understanding and connecting people in a network to continue their work with appropriate information and a base to build upon.


Invited speakers are:

  • Howard Arnett, esq.
  • Michelle J. DePass, JD., MPA
  • Walter Echo Hawk Sr., Esq.
  • Kathleen Shaye Hill
  • Honorable Alfred Lane III
  • Rebecca Miles
  • Robert J. Miller
  • Charles Wilkinson, esq.

  • Elizabeth Woody
  • Valerie Switzler
  • Aurolyn Stwyer
  • Jefferson Greene
  • Bunky Echo Hawk Jr.
  • Edward Heath
  • Woody Hunt
  • Honorable Alfred Lane III
  • Phillip Cash Cash, PhD.
  • Toma Villa


Open registration $350 per person (meals included). Please use links for registration.

Warm Springs Tribal Member registration: No charge, limited space available, please use Warm Springs Tribal Member registration link.

Join us for an unprecedented educational conference featuring Tribal leaders and Indian Law experts, all joined together to host panels and presentations with respect to Sovereignty.

Please call The Museum At Warm Springs if you have any questions: (541) 553-3331

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Hotels in Madras, Oregon (15 miles from Museum)

Inn at Cross Keys Station (4.5 star)
541-475 5800
Government Rates $94.00, plus tax
Breakfast included, 24/7 indoor pool, gym, hot tub
66 NW Cedar St., Madras Oregon
request a government rate, and for Warm Springs tribal business.

Econo Lodge (4 star)
$89-99. Breakfast included
709 US 26
Madras OR

Quality Inn (4 star)
$90.00. Breakfast included
12 SW 4th ST
Madras, OR

Motel 6 (4 star)
1539 US 97
Madras OR[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]