Lower Columbia/Willamette River Professional Chapter

The Lower Columbia/Willamette River Professional Chapter is based in the Portland, Oregon area.


To substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in science, technology, and math (STEM) studies and careers.


COVID-19 has affected us all. The LCWR chapter has partnered with the Puget sound chapter to raise money for donations for Navajo Nations elders.

Learn more about how the Navajo Nation has been affected.

You can help, too, by donating to our GoFundMe.


Professional meetings are held on the second Wednesday every month at 12 pm, noon, PDT.

Conference Call Number

1-646-558-8656 code 310-161-7091

Meeting Address

Portland State University

Fourth Avenue Building - Room 0012

Meeting Agenda - August 12, 2020

1. Approve notes for July 2020

2. Treasurer's Report

  • Summary report as of 6/10/20:
  • AISES Savings: $152.70
  • Dick French Scholarship Fund: $2,351.28
  • Dick French Scholarship CD: $10,407.26 (as of 6/30/20)

3. Dick French Scholarship

  • Application received and in review.

4. Retreat - Strategic Plan

  • February 9th, 2020

5. PSU Student Chapter Activities

6. OMSI Update

  • Open question for everyone: how can OMSI work differently to support the native community?

7. Pow wows and table events

  • All postponed

8. National Conference

10. AISES Scholarships

11. National Congress of American Indians - Annual Convention and Marketplace

  • November 8 - 13, 2020 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR
  • Herb Fricke suggested STEM event sponsorship from Chapter
    • Ideas?

12. Covid-19 donation with Puget Sound Chapter

13. Videos

14. Other Items

15. Next meeting: September 9, 2020


President - Melissa Clah

Vice-President - Don Motanic don.motanic@gmail.com

Treasurer - Karen Graves Pyrch

Secretary - Don Motanic

Social Media - Lydia Doza