November 21, 2023

Lomakatsi was honored to host the Inter-Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership Peer-to-Peer Learning Summit last week in Sunriver, Oregon. This historic event brought together tribal leaders, elders, and cultural practitioners—representing 17 tribes from within and around Oregon—with regional and national state and federal agency and nonprofit leadership. The nearly 300 attendees spent two and a half days sharing and discussing how to elevate tribal partnerships in collaborative forest and watershed restoration initiatives.

The event opened with an evening Cultural Celebration and welcome featuring heartfelt words of wisdom, storytelling, song, and dance from tribal elders and cultural practitioners. The following two days threaded keynote talks and presentations spanning the integration of Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge into restoration initiatives, the importance of cultural fire, government-to-government relationships and legal frameworks for partnering with sovereign Tribal Nations, and empowering the next generation of ecological and cultural stewards. Check out this collection of photos and images from the event program!

We thank and honor the tribal elders, representatives, and community members who participated, and extend a heartfelt thank you to all the sponsors, supporters, presenters, exhibitors, planning team members, and attendees who traveled from near and far to make this momentous event possible.

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