Supporting Indigenous Leadership
Since 1991, Ecotrust has been working with tribes and First Nations from Alaska to California. We’re supporting a growing network of leaders, increasing education opportunities for native youth, and brokering resources for repatriation and improved management of traditional lands.
We actively work to promote leadership that both reaffirms tribal values and creates new possibilities for stewardship and economic development by native communities and reservations within Salmon Nation. This leadership’s deep responsibility to community and homeland vitality is essential for our region’s long-term sense of place in the growing global economy.
We believe that our modest successes with native communities demonstrate that there is significant harmony among our vision of a natural economy, traditional ecological knowledge and our joint ideals of social justice.
Integrating Ecotrust's Expertise
Ecotrust fully recognizes and respects the sovereignty of tribes and tribal nations, and we are humbled to work with these communities. We are inspired by the leaders we have had the privilege to honor through the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award and are excited by the energy of Native Youth and emerging leaders.
We often work directly with tribes to share our technical expertise in the areas of fisheries, oceans, forests, and food to help them restore and support their support their communities, economies, and natural environments.
Our expertise includes:
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
Indigenous Ways of Knowing Project, Lewis and Clark College
Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, The Evergreen State College
Native American Advisory Council, Office of the President, Willamette University
Native Village of Eyak