Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Gertrude Glutsch Jensen

Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Gertrude Glutsch Jensen

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Gertrude Glutsch Jensen dedicated much of her adult life to conservation efforts in the Columbia River Gorge through organizations such as the Portland Women's Forum and the Oregon Columbia River Gorge Commission. She was the first chairwoman of the Commission and served from 1953 to 1969. Jensen was interviewed by Roberta Watts on December 7, 1977, and January 17,1978. Although most of Jensen's work was based in conservation, this short selection demonstrates her awareness of Native rights along the Columbia River. A complete transcript is archived at the Oregon Historical Society.

I WENT DOWN TO Washington [D.C.] and on the way over to Representative [Homer D.] Angell's office, I noticed these Indians sitting in the office of the congressman from Washington. I went in and asked them, "Are you from Celilo?" They said, "Yes, we are back here to be in the Eisenhower Inaugural Parade," I told them I thought it was terrible that this dam was going to cover up Celilo Falls and that I wanted to help. We became great friends, Chief Alex Saluskin [Yakama]. There was about four or five of them. I had them come up to New York and they were in the pulpit there with this minister from the White Temple. …

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