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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.

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Chief Adam Dick at the 2011 Indigenous Leadership Awards.

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
Elakha Alliance
Indigenous Ways of Knowing Project, Lewis and Clark College
Klamath Tribes
Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, The Evergreen State College
Native American Advisory Council, Office of the President, Willamette University
Native Village of Eyak

Our Work

Indigenous Leadership Award and Council

Emerging Leaders


Indigenous Leadership Award title

Nominations for the 2014 Indigenous Leadership Award are now being accepted. Click here for more information.


Learn More

Remembering Celilo
Oregon Historical Quarterly
Winter 2007 (356kb pdf)

United States Respects Indian Tribes' Right to Self-Determination

Just Transactions, Just Transitions
A strategy for social, ecological and economic renewal (99kb pdf)

Natural Sense: Kitlope Ecosystem, British Columbia
A reconnection of culture and territory

On Native Languages
Diversity and loss

The Koeye Lodge Repatriation Celebration for a land returned

Patterns of Reliable Prosperity: Cultural Preservation

Recalling Celilo by Elizabeth Woody


Astrid Scholz
tel: 503.467.0758
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Jason Pretty Boy
Indigenous Resilience Fellow
tel: 503.467-0803


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