American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) - Lower Columbia/Willamette River Professional Chapter

AISES Professional LCWR

AISES Mission:

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

To Become a chapter member

1. Join AISES via National Website below

AISES National Membership website

2. Send $20 for our chapter dues  with your name, email, company/agency/organization, tribal affiliation if applicable, and phone #

Here are the two ways to send AISES Professional Chapter dues which are $20
for the calendar year:

1.  Mail check (payable to AISES) or cash to:
        AISES (c/o BPA)
        Karen Graves Pyrch
        PO Box 3621 (KS-4)
        Portland, OR  97208-3621

2.  Send Money, Transfer Money or Pay Online with PayPal (steps to walk
through with instructions where a credit card or financial institution bank
account info can be used):

Use the following AISES Lower Columbia/Willamette River Treasurer's email to
send PayPal funds:

Links to our local partners:

AISES National Website

Dick French Memorial Scholarship - 2018

Intertribal Timber Council - Scholarships and Education

USDOI - Indian Affairs - Internships - Natural Resources

Workforce Opportunities - Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission

Salmon Camp - Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission

Intel Global Diversity Initiatives

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Bonneville Power Administration - Tribal Affairs

Portland State University - AISES Chapter

Portland State University Student & Community Center

Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable - Native American Youth Association

Career Pathways Videos - Wisdom of the Elders

NW Native American Center of Excellence - OHSU School of Medicine

Oregon Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

AKANA - Engineering Employment Opportunities

Next Meeting - December 13, 2018 - Noon - 1 pm (PDT)

Portland State University

Fourth Avenue Building - Room 0012

Conference Call dial-in number of 641.715.3580 with access code 440-809#


1.    Approve  Notes - Nov 8 notes

2.    Treasurers report -  As of 10/31/18 –

                                                  AISES General Fund                                             $   199.82  

                                                  Dick French Memorial Scholarship (DFMS)     $2,351.28

                                                  DFMS CD     (9/30/18-updated quarterly)       $10,316.67

3.     Scholarship    - - 2019 TBD normally end of April

4.     Retreat summary-  Booth at Pow-wows -  Nov 10 Chemewa - 1 and 6 pm - Don dropped some information off at a table hosted by Youth Corps

 5.     PSU Student Chapter Activities - NASCC 15th  Year Anniversary - Tues - Nov 13th 6 pm- download flyer here

                                                                                          -Jade Unger, past PSU-AISES Chapter President and BPA engineer made a presentation


6.     OMSI Update -  

8. Interest in presenting at NAYA College Nights? - Tues and Thurs 3:30-6 pm contact Becca Wolf -
                                                                                                                                                                               503-288-8177 x 307
7. AISES Professional Chapter Council Call - Dec 7th - Region 1 Conference in March 22-23, 2019 in Fairbanks, AK.
    contact Cody Kapotak at for updates or to help out.   Puget Sound and Montana Professional Chapters are intested in hosting a conference call to see how professional chapters can participate and even do an online presentation.

8. AISES National Mentoring Program - contact Chelsey Chee at if interested or have any suggestions or thoughts as it is being prepared

9. Growing STEM Business in the west, (AZ, NV, UT) see website for more information. 25 members from that area will receive culturally relevant professional development.      AKANA, Inc maybe interested with involving their offices in those states.

10 . Other items


Next meeting - January 10, 2019

Officers - 2018 

Melissa Clah - President

Don Motanic - Vice-President -

Karen Graves Pyrch - Treasurer

Don Motanic - Secretary -

Professional Chapter Booth - Dance at the Square
September 7, 2018

NW Youth Corps Orientation Day
June 18, 2018
Eugene, OR
Don with AISES Students from Chemawa School 

Highline Community College - Native Summit
Lower Columbia/Willamette River and Puget Sound Professional Chapter Career Panel
Socia Love-Thurman, MD (Swedish Hospital),Alex Tsosie, Boeing and Don Motanic, Intertribal Timber Council
May 16, 2018
Federal Way, WA

AISES Region 1 Conference at Portland State University

April 7-8, 2018

PSU & AISES Professional Chapter Graduation Dinner for Christopher Rempel

Chilli Jam Thai Restaurant - November 13, 2017

2017 AISES Professional Chapter of the Year
Mellissa Clah and Don Motanic Accept Award
Joseph Connolly (NASA) Professional Chapter Council President
Denver, CO September 22, 2017

Chapter Video

Building Partnerships to connect The Native STEM Community_Motanic6.mp4

NW Youth Corps with PSU Students and Professional Chapter
Corps Received Solar Eclipse Glasses
Sellwood Park, Portland, OR
August 4, 2017

AISES Region 1 and 2 Conference
PSU and Professional Chapters
Humboldt State University
March 30 2017

Professional & PSU Chapters at SW Washington Indian Ed Pow Wow
                   Heritage HS - Vancouver, WA  March 4, 2017

Professional Chapter Booth at Dance in the Square Pow Wow - September 23, 2106

Professional Chapter Sponsors Booth at Delta Park Pow Wow - June 19, 2016



Don Motanic, Tim Anderson, Yolonda Salguiero, Melissa Clah and Wendy Wilhelm
at Intel Professional Development Day - Topic -   Communications - March 12, 2016

Retreat February 2016 at Manzanita, OR
                                          Nicole Charley, Karen Graves Pyrch, Yolonda Salguiero, Melissa Clah, Don Motanic, Tim Anderson, Jeremy Danny

                                                                                                              AISES and PSU Graduate Dinner

Siena, Kimberly, Breanna,  and Adam

                       Chapter participates with Intel's Professional Development Session 
 September 26, 2015

The AISES Professional Chapter held its annual Minigolf fund raiser in May 2015

Big group of fun people