With funding assistance from a Metro planning grant, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians (ATNI), Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), Prosper Portland, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), and many other partners are initiating an 18-month planning process to engage tribes, tribal organizations, and the Portland metro area Native American community to seek their ideas, identify needs, and explore development opportunities for the Center for Tribal Nations and Waterfront Education Park at the OMSI District in downtown Portland. OMSI is the private property owner in the district and wishes to seek input on how to design, advance, and develop this property.
The Center for Tribal Nations (CTN) at the OMSI District project seeks to leverage the redevelopment of the OMSI property to model a new partnership between OMSI, tribal and intertribal organizations, and the City of Portland to restore the Native American community’s presence on the Willamette River and address our shared challenges of sustainability, resilience, and inclusion.
This virtual listening session is offered at no charge but you must REGISTER to the right in order to receive the Zoom link which will allow you to connect and provide your ideas, suggestions, and opinions.
Center for Tribal Nations Advisory Committee
If you are interested in serving on the Center for Tribal Nations Advisory Committee, please use the buttons below to access the Committee Charter and the Online Committee Application. Once you have reviewed the Charter, please click the online application button to complete the process.
2021 Listening Session Schedule
Presentation to CRITFC Commission
February 25, 2021 | 10-11 am
Presentation to the Grand Ronde Tribal Council
March 1, 2021 | 1-2pm
Presentation to the Umatilla Tribe Board of Trustees
March 5, 2021 | 8:30-9:30am
Introductory Listening Session #4
April 13, 2021 | 1-3pm
Session #4 Coming soon
Postponed – Listening Sessions #5,#6, and #7
ATNI and OMSI are postponing and rescheduling Listening Sessions #5, #6, and #7 for the Center for Tribal Nations and Waterfront Education Park to a later date (TBD soon). The purpose of these Listening Sessions was to begin to formulate more detailed design concepts. Instead, we are establishing a 15-20 member Native American Advisory Committee to review the input and priorities received from Listening Sessions #1-4 and organize that input into some facility and design alternatives. These alternatives will then be presented to the broader Native American community and tribes for review, further input, and consultation. This iterative process will allow continuous input in the next phase of the conceptual design process. ATNI will continue to accept CTNAC application until noon on April 27, 2021.
Design and Planning Listening Session #5
Date & Time TBD
Design and Planning Listening Session #6
Date & Time TBD
Design and Planning Listening Session #7
Date & Time TBD
Who Should Attend:
- Tribal Council and Elected Leaders
- General Managers
- Tribal Planners
- Tribal Natural Resource staff
- Tribal Economic Development staff
- Housing Directors and staff
- Tribal educators
We Want to Hear Your Ideas!
A total of seven Listening Session are scheduled to occur between May and August, 2021. These sessions are intended for intertribal organizations, the Portland area Native American community, and Tribes to hear your ideas and gather input. Please check on this site for updates and scheduled listening sessions. In order to participate you MUST register for one of our scheduled events (see registration links below).