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.

Scholarships available in 2023

For more information like eligibility and the application process, visit the website at https://www.theassociatesonline.org/scholarship


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 -  May 10, 2023

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Notes  https://bit.ly/2023LCWRNOTES

Treasurer's Report -  4/30/23

$6249.63 - Savings

$335.28 - Business

$14,551.23 - CD

Dues reminder for 2023 – Nine members so far

Scholarships -  No applicants, so On May 7, 2023, during the planning meeting at PSU, Karen Graves Pyrch motioned to extend deadline to May 31 and Tim Anderson seconded with a unanimous vote (Don Motanic, Shelby Santos, Elsa Hill, Karen and Tim)

PSU Update - 

§   Oregon Indian Education Meeting April 27-29, 2023 - PSU https://oiea.org/conference/

§   Need motion to donate $100 to PSU Honor Day to support gift blankets.


OMSI Update - 

Chapter Strategic Planning Session - May 7, 2023  10 am - 2pm, PSU

AISES Indigenous Food & Agriculture Webinar - April 20, 2023. Time and link on Chapter website

AISES Leadership Summit - April 30-May 2, 2023 - River Spirit Casino, Tulsa, OK  

Agenda - https://events.aises.org/website/50064/agenda-138/

562 Project Book in Tim Anderson’s Office

AISES National Conference - October 19-21, 2023, Spokane, WA  - Register early limited space

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Next meeting:  June 14, 2023


President - Melissa Clah

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

Treasurer - Karen Graves Pyrch

Secretary - Don Motanic

Social Media - Lydia Doza   


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.