Let's Talk About Hanford: Umatilla First Foods

Keeping culture, arts, and traditions alive

For our next edition of Let’s Talk About Hanford, we're welcoming First Foods speaker Wenix Red Elk from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR).

Wenix grew up in the Umatilla Reservation as a weaver, and is an expert on First Foods, which, according to the Tribe, has a mission "to provide proactive planning and policy analysis and development to protect, restore, and enhance the First Foods and the exercise of associated rights reserved in the Treaty of 1855."

With previous experience at the Living Cultural Center, Wenix is now a public outreach and education specialist for CTUIR's Department of Natural Resources First Food Restoration Management. 

For this conversation, Wenix Red Elk will provide an overview of First Foods and how it relates to the Hanford area.

Following the presentation, our Nuclear Waste Program communications team will host a live Q&A session to answer your questions!

Join the conversation

Join us for a live discussion, via Zoom or Facebook Live, 6 p.m. June 1, 2023.

This event will stream on both platforms, and a recording will be available on YouTube afterward. Those in attendance on the Zoom stream will have the opportunity to either type their questions into the chat or to unmute, turn on their cameras, and ask their questions directly.

Join via Facebook by watching live at the time of the event on our Hanford Facebook page or the Facebook event page. 

For the Zoom stream:

  • Join the Zoom stream up to 15 minutes before the 6 p.m. start time.
  • Meeting ID: 833 3634 1584
  • Passcode: 340650

Join by phone (audio only):

Can't attend the June 1 conversation? The event recording will be available on our Facebook page and the Ecology YouTube channel shortly after the stream ends. 

You can submit your questions to us in advance of the live event. We'll make every effort to answer your questions during the live Q&A session.

What it's all about

We began Let's Talk About Hanford in March 2021, aiming to help you better understand all things related to the complex nuclear cleanup at Hanford.

Beginning in World War II, Hanford produced plutonium for decades, before shifting to a new mission in 1989 cleaning up the massive amounts of waste and contamination that production left behind. 

These conversations blend high-level easy-to-understand presentations and conversations with you about Hanford topics, ranging from specific cleanup projects and the history of the site, to Hanford Reach habitat and the wildlife that calls it home.

We're gearing these virtual discussions toward those unfamiliar with Hanford, those who want a refresher, or to expand existing knowledge about Hanford. We'll start each event with a short presentation on that day's topic, followed by a live Q&A with those watching.

Have any questions or ideas for future conversations? Drop us a line, and we hope to see you virtually during our next livestream!

Missed our prior Let’s Talk About Hanford conversations? Check them out on YouTube.