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2002 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award

Honoree: Kathleen Shaye Hill

Kathleen Shaye Hill
Kathleen Shaye Hill

Kathleen Shaye Hill is honored as a finalist for the 2002 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award for her work restoring the Klamath Tribes' federal recognition. Hill played a critical role in getting the Klamath Tribes' trust status restored in 1986 and has continued working to this day for the return of Klamath tribal lands.

Hill served as the Community Support Coordinator for the Tribes' restoration effort, helping to educate and acquire the support of the local community. As a researcher and writer, Hill developed information about the Tribes, reinstated a Tribal newspaper, produced technical reports, handled public relations, edited tribal testimony and served as the Tribes' expert witness at congressional hearings.

Kathleen Hill earned her law degree from the University of Washington in 1994 and received a master of law degree in International Sustainable Development - focusing on the sustainability of tribal nations.

Hill accepted a position with the Environmental Protection Agency in 1995 that combined her interest in the environment and native rights. As the first Tribal Office Director for EPA's Region 10 office in Seattle, she was responsible for helping the region meet its trust responsibility by implementing its Indian lands policy in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. She was the EPA's regional lead in developing government-to-government relationships with the 267 federally recognized tribes in the region.

In 1998, Hill accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Native American Studies Department of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Hill has developed curriculum that addresses subjects such as tribal water rights, environmental threats to international indigenous communities and native perspectives on natural resource management.

Hill and her husband, Dr. Joseph Dupris, are currently working with the Klamath Tribes to assist in the development of an environmental protection compliance process that is culturally, socially, scientifically and legally appropriate.

Kathleen Hill is a member of the Klamath Tribes of Oregon. Although the academic year keeps Hill primarily in California's Humbolt County, she and her family spend summers in Chiloquin, Oregon.


2002 Honorees

Kelly Brown

Carol Craig

Kathleen Shaye Hill

Robert Sam

John Ward


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