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How to Speak with Elders: Native Americans and Resource Management

How to Speak with Elders: Native Americans and Resource Management

Native Americans are gaining more voices in resource management. We are getting more invitations to share that knowledge and see our words shared on social media. At the same time, we see terms like decolonize the data and traditional knowledge, which help support this call for more Native American speakers.  As we receive more speaking and writing opportunities, how do we speak with the elders and the teachings they have shared? In this blog, I'll cover how we can carry forward our teachings in this fast-paced information age to elevate Native American knowledge within Resource Management.   The voice of restoration...


They Sang a Warrior Song for Her

They Sang a Warrior Song for Her

Why would elders sing a warrior song for a teenager that was not in the war or military, but had just won a pageant? It is almost 18 years later and I am still fully understanding this experience. The year was 1999. I was 18, and just won a second pageant, Miss National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). This was hosted by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Their homelands are also known as Palm Springs, California. I was supported by my tribe, the Yakama Nation to run for a second title. I am honored that I was able to hold...