Opening of the Ridgefield, Washington Plankhouse
Chinook Tribal families participate in the opening of the Plankhouse in Ridgefield, Washington in 2005.
The plankhouse, on US Fish and Wildlife Service lands associated with the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, was collaboratively built with the Chinook Indian Nation. It is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between the USFWS and the Chinook Nation, and was built to honor the important historic village of Cathlapotle that also is situated within the boundaries of the refuge. Since its completion it has been the site of the Nation’s Annual Winter Gathering held each January. More information on the plankhouse.