OPENING PLENARY

Celebrating Tribal Wildlife Management: Opportunities, Challenges and Defining a New Path

DATE: November 7, 2022
TIME: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom, Davenport Grand Hotel


 

Carol Evans
Chairwoman, Spokane Tribe of Indians

Tribal Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Carol Evans is the Chairwoman of the Spokane Tribal Business Council, and the first woman to serve as Tribal Chair. Evans open this year’s plenary with a welcome from the Spokane Tribe of Indians, including an invocation and a bit background on the Tribe’s people, land, history and culture. Carol truly believes that our spiritual tradition shows us the way to live in harmony, balance, and respect. One must respect self, our earth and each other. Each and every matter of creation has a purpose and one purpose is as important as another. Shay u hoy.

 

DR Michel
Executive Director, Upper Columbia United Tribes

A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Michel has over 36 years of experience in forestry and natural resource management, as well as the technical and policy aspects of working for tribes. In 2019, he and his staff at the Upper Columbia United Tribes were honored with the Spokane Riverkeeper River Hero Award for their salmon reintroduction efforts in the Upper Columbia Basin. Despite its enormous significance to the history, culture, and traditions of indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River system has been degraded by a legacy of abuse of its natural functions. During the Plenary, Michel will describe the work of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians as they work to restore ecosystem health.

Lydia Parker
Executive Director, Hunters of Color

All My Relations: Prioritizing Relationship with Nature in Wildlife Management

Lydia Parker is Kanienʼkehá꞉ka from the Walker-Mohawk Band of Six Nations of the Grand River. She is also the executive director of Hunters of Color, a racial equity nonprofit working to create equitable opportunities for People of Color to participate in hunting and conservation. Lydia is going to be doing storytelling about elk, traditional ecological knowledge, and relationship with the land. She will also share perspectives as a hunter, and information about the work she is doing through Hunters of Color. Her hope is to inspire intrigue and encouragement as we work to conserve the wild places and animals we hold dear, and to create an outdoor community that is truly for everyone.