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 - November 11, 2020

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1. Approve notes for October 2020

2. Treasurer's Report

  • Summary report as of 10/31/20:

  • AISES Savings: $152.57

  • Dick French Scholarship Fund: $1,343.28

  • Dick French Scholarship CD: $10,420.35 (as of 9/30/20)

3. PSU Student Chapter Activities

4. OMSI Update

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

5. 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?

  • Update from those attending

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6. Dick French Scholarship

  • Application went well

7. Retreat - Strategic Plan

  • Any open items February 9th, 2020

8. NATURE (NSF Engineering Research Center for Native American and Tribal Understanding to Reinvent Engineering )

Vision and Goals of the ERC

NATURE ERC is motivated by the widening gap between the societal advancements in fundamental knowledge in engineering disciplines and the realities faced by Native and Tribal communities in benefiting from basic environmental and infrastructure services. The vision of the ERC NATURE is to reimagine technical innovation through integration of culturally and socially informed engineering solutions inspired by indigenous knowledge. Advances under the NATURE ERC will accelerate development and adoption of appropriate technology and indigenous workforce development, creating resilient shelter, water, sanitation, information technology, and energy solutions to positively transform the quality of life and meet the Sustainable Development Goals in Native American communities.

Our goal is to develop fundamental knowledge that will benefit the resiliency and sustainability of vulnerable communities through the infusion of local and indigenous practice into research-generated solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Our focus will be on new technology development and technology integration processes for indigenous communities that are chronically underserved. We believe that systemic racism in engineering has not been addressed and has limited accessibility to and diversity in engineering practice.

9. Pow wows and table events

  • All postponed

10. Covid-19 donation with Puget Sound Chapter

11. Videos

Next meeting: December 9, 2020


President - Melissa Clah

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

Treasurer - Karen Graves Pyrch

Secretary - Don Motanic

Social Media - Lydia Doza