Paddling in Chinook canoe, students learn Native American history first-hand

The 36-foot tribal canoe listed to the left as it pushed away from the dock, looking dangerously close to spilling into the still green waters of Lake River.

Its crew – eight college students, one professor and four members of the Chinook Indian Nation – paddled to the left, then the right. A soft breeze picked up and light rain began to fall, dulling the reflection of the shoreline in this tributary of the Columbia River about 25 minutes north of Vancouver.

Tribal chairman Tony Johnson instructed everyone to raise their paddles – the crescent-shaped ends marking more at

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