Published September 22, 2022
On Tuesday, Lomakatsi Tribal Partnerships Director Belinda Brown, enrolled member of the Kosealekte Band of the Ajumawi-Atsuge Nation (Pit River Tribe) and descendant of the Northern Paiute Gidutikad Band, shared a panel with Trina Cunningham, Executive Director of Maidu Summit Consortium and Maidu tribal member; and Margo Robbins, Executive Director of Cultural Fire Management Council and Yurok Tribe member, to discuss centering indigenous land care practices in wildfire recovery. Moderated by Lomakatsi Founder & Executive Director Marko Bey, the panel discussed the foundational role of fire in indigenous culture, and the importance of prescribed fire in stewarding the fire-adapted landscapes of the West.
“The indigenous people have been here for thousands and thousands and thousands of years taking care of the land – countless generations of keeping the land healthy and in balance. We know a little something about healthy lands and how to keep them that way. What we don’t know a lot about is how to recover from the wildfires we’ve been experiencing today, and that’s because we have no history of such a thing.”