Speakers

Juldy BlueHorse Skelton, Nez Perce/Cherokee, is a Senior Instructor in the Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. She has worked with federal and state Indian education programs throughout the Northwest for 18 years creating cultural activities focusing on traditional and contemporary uses of native plants for food, medicine, ceremony, and healthy lifeways.

Direlle R. Calica, Warm Springs, has 17 years of experience as a legislative, policy, planning, and regulatory advisor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office-District of Oregon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and various Indian Tribes. She is the Managing Member of Kanim Associates, LLC, and an active member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Terri Crawford Hansen, Winnebago, is an environmental journalist who focuses on environmental and scientific issues affecting North American tribal and worldwide indigenous communities. Hansen is a correspondent for Indian Country Today Media Network, a contributor to Intercontinental Cry Magazine and High Country News.

Mike Dickerson is Executive Vice President of Craft3. Dickerson has more than 30 years of experience in community development and non-profit management. Craft3 is a non-profit community development financial institution (CDFI) with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities.

Elizabeth King George, Nooksack, is a consultant for Salish Sea Consulting. She is the granddaughter, daughter, sister, auntie, mother and grandmother and I grew up in my grandmother’s kitchen and my mother’s kitchen and now I am teaching in my own kitchen what I have learned from others. I am a college graduate, a member of the Nooksack Tribe and descendant of both the Cowichan and the Lackamel bands.

Preston Hardison, Watershed Policy Analyst, Tulalip Tribes, specializes in natural resource management, climate change adaptation, and treaty rights to biodiversity. He has worked on the Cultural Stories Project, which documents traditional ecological knowledge for use in Tribal planning and environmental decisionmaking and is a lead author for North American chapter of the fifth report on climate change adaptation by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., LL.M., Chickasaw, is founding director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School Of Law. She recently served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as Secretary on Tribal Relations and was the Founding Director of the USDA Office of Tribal Relations.

Libby Nelson, Treaty Rights Office, Natural Resources Department, Tulalip Tribes, is an Environmental Policy Analyst and works on environmental and tribal self-governance issues for Tulalip. She developed the tribe’s MOA with the US Forest Service and continues to oversee implementation of this agreement. Libby also served as the Manager of the Environmental Division for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana.

Amanda Peacher, Public Insight Journalist, OPB, coordinates the Public Insight Network, a community that share personal experiences with the newsroom. She produces radio and web stories, data visualizations, and facilitates community engagement opportunities for the newsroom. Before coming to OPB she was a teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, where she was also the managing editor of Ecotone.

Eric Quaempts, Umatilla, has been the Director of Department of Natural Resources, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) since 2004. He developed and implemented the First Foods management approach, has worked for eight years as a wildlife biologist and eight years in Umatilla National Forest management. He earned a BS in Wildlife Science from OSU.

Brett Ramey, Ioway, has worked with Native communities to reinforce land-based knowledge through food sovereignty for more than a decade. He was the founding Director of the Urban Lifeways Project within Native Movement, that supports Indigenous youth leadership development and sustainability programs. Ramey worked on the Ioway reservation in Kansas as the Tribal Health Liaison with the University of Kansas Medical Center and co-taught courses on traditional foods and climate change at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Mike Roberts, President of First Nations Development Institute, is of the Tlingit Nation. Roberts is responsible for the overall vision and coordination for First Nations’ programmatic, administrative, and grantmaking strategies. He serves as the lead spokesman for First Nations’ projects, programs and models throughout Indian country and the philanthropic community.

Sharla Robinson, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, works for the Siletz Community Health Clinic in Type II diabetes prevention. Robinson leads the Healthy Traditions Project, dedicated to improving the health of tribal families through educational activities.

Cheryl Shippentower, CTUIR, is the Plant Ecologist at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Department of Natural Resources. She has worked for the Umatilla Tribe since 1995.  Her primary responsibilities are the protection, enhancement, and ecological restoration of “First Foods” and native plant resources critical to Tribal culture.

Astrid Scholz, President of Ecotrust, is an ecological economist by training, and received her Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. Scholz has worked with Ecotrust for 11 years, serving as Executive Vice President in 2012.

Michelle Singer, Diversity Community Outreach Specialist, Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Oregon Health & Science University, works to facilitate, establish and strengthen relationships with Native American and other diverse communities. With more than 20 years of experience in community outreach to tribal communities and Indian country, Michelle will foster partnerships with federal, state and tribal government, and other organizations.

Robin Slate, works as Tribal Liaison with the Natural Resource Conservation Service USDA, in Olympia. Prior to that Robin worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, as Tribal coordinator, and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission as habitat biologist. Robin is a lifetime Sequoyah member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Sara Thompson, Grand Ronde, has been the Public Information Officer for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, since 2006. Thompson is responsible for building relationships with media, public dissemination of information, and outreach. Thompson earned a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and an MS in environmental/tribal policy, both from OSU.

Kirsten Vinyeta recently completed a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. Vinyeta is the graduate research fellow for the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project (TCCP), a collaboration between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Terry Williams, Tulalip Tribes, is the Fisheries and Natural Resources Commissioner for Tulalip Tribes and has served on the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC), the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and since 1997, has served on the Pacific Salmon Commission. He served as the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) American Indian Environmental Office in 1995-96, and as Chair of the Tribal Committee of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee in 2003-04.

Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of Warm Springs and descended from the Yakama Nation. Primarily known as an author, she has three books and many essays anthologized. In 2012, she earned Master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University and is currently a Program Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. Speaker’s Materials

Thomas Younker, Coquille Indian Tribe, has worked for Tribal Council from 1991-2011 as Secretary Treasurer and Vice Chairman. He is active in community issues including the Oregon Coastal Zone Management and the Territorial Sea Action Plan. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Education degree.

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