Ethics and the

    Columbia River Treaty

    Righting Historic Wrongs

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     Celia Delaney

     Mental Health Counselor

     Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Celia Delaney is an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes (Modoc/Tohono O’odham) who has been working for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Health and Human services department as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2014.    She earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling from Multnomah University in 2014 and later returned there to fill an adjunct teaching role in ethics and group dynamics.  Her work as a counselor within Cowlitz Tribal Mental Health has focused heavily on Native youth, emphasizing a return to traditional Native healing practices and the idea of holistic wellness intrinsic in the medicine wheel.  Her practice is deeply informed by intergenerational trauma and she has designed and facilitated therapeutic groups with the purpose of helping Native people work through the complexities of trauma inherent in the Native experience.

Celia embraces the Native philosophy of Relationalism and the interconnectedness of humanity and nature.  She believes we do not have dominion over the natural world but must instead live in harmony with it.    Much like the Klamath tribe to which Celia belongs, she believes the health and wellness of the people, both physically and spiritually is directly linked to the health of rivers, lakes and the fish that have been of invaluable importance to her Native tribe since time immemorial.  


Celia has a passion for Philosophy and pondering the complicated nature of the human experience.  She is an artist, teacher, mentor, and an advocate for Native people everywhere.  In her free time she can be found exploring the outdoors, laughing with friends, and enjoying phone calls with her nieces and nephew.