A project to connect people with the Indigenous history of Celilo Falls is on hold due to opposition from the Yakama Nation tribal government, according to a Confluence Project press release.
The Confluence Project at Celilo Park is the sixth and final art installation proposed by Confluence, a nonprofit, in collaboration with Columbia River tribes and artist Maya Lin.
The Yakama Nation has told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages Celilo Park, that it does not support any development that encourages public access there and wishes the park to be decommissioned, according to the press release.
The Corps has said it will only move forward with the park redevelopment project with the support of all four Columbia River treaty tribes, which include the Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Nez Perce Tribe.
The Confluence design for the Celilo Park project includes an interpretive pavilion, sculptural relief of the Columbia River and an elevated walkway inspired by traditional fishing platforms.
Repairs to the parking lot and other facilities at the park, located east of The Dalles on Interstate 84, would also be included.