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2018 Tribal Leader’s Summit

April 11-13 

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The conference will begin at 8 am on Wednesday April 11th through the early afternoon of Friday April 13th.

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Under the leadership of the Curyung Tribal Council and Region 10 Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC), the 2017 Tribal Environmental Leaders Summit convened tribal leaders from the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (EPA Region 10) from March 29 through 31, 2017, in Suquamish, WA. The summit’s agenda focused on the following goal: “Our Region’s Tribes and Villages coming together in unity and with Traditional Ways of Life to be successful stewards of our planet, and leaders in our changing political and environmental landscape.”

Download the Report from the 2017 Summit!

This report summarizes the key themes that emerged during the Summit, with a strong focus on potential actions that tribes and villages can take locally and that Region 10 can advance together. To unify and synthesize the body of learning that emerged across both tracks, this report fluidly includes stories, key quotations, and actions from both tracks under each theme. Uniting the two tracks’ conversations in this way will allow the reader to experience one of the most important aspects of this conference: a focus on unity. During a talking circle on the morning of the second day, tribal leaders repeatedly identified similarities across their communities that enhanced the call for unity. One shared, “It’s good to hear the problems you have because I know we are going through the same problems, too.” Another explained, “We have a lot of the same issues in different ways.” Yet another said, “What everybody has said is happening in our community.” To document Region 10’s environmental story with potential actions tribes and villages can take to advance their visions for the future, this report is organized into the following three sections.

• Section 2: Region 10’s Environmental Story – This section of the report captures the tribal leaders’ conversation on the morning of the first day in response to the question, “What is our Region’s environmental story?” It begins with a summary of the environmental problems facing communities and villages across Region 10. This section then describes the impact of climate change, pollution, and contamination.

• Section 3: Summary of Summit Themes – This section of the report will describe high-level themes that emerged throughout the Summit. Most of this section focuses on potential actions tribes and villages can take based on successes and lessons learned that were shared in the Tribal Leaders and Technical tracks.

• Section 4: Closing Summary and Vision for the Future – This section of the report will present a closing summary and a vision for the future, as articulated by participants at the Summit.

Click here  to open a window to the 2017 agenda.

The 2017 Tribal Environmental Leader’s Summit is designed for Tribal Administrators, Council Members, or other Tribal Leaders AND their Environmental staff or technical environmental workers. We will have 2 simultaneous tracks, each focusing on important aspects of managing the life-force of our communities, the physical environment. Each track will have opportunities to come together as one large group to share and learn from each other. This year’s Summit is being organized by the Region 10 Tribal Operations Committee, with grant funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency Indian General Assistance Program.

In addition to the daily sessions, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will be treating us to a cultural night! This will take place on Thursday evening and shuttles will be running from the Clearwater hotel beginning at 4:45 pm.

You will see in the agenda, that the importance of coming together to build relationships, partnerships and to discuss environmental issues with their peers is paramount in the Tribal Leader’s track. The discussion topics will feature:

  • Meaningful Government to Government Consultation and Trust Responsibility
  • Navigating a new online world – Unification through social media and digital storytelling
  • Opportunities and threats of sharing Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Open networking and Q&A with EPA Administration

Likewise, in the Technical track, we have allowed for sharing 1-3 presentations from attendees followed by large group discussions in the following areas:

  • Climate Change
  • Resource Extraction
  • Water, Water Quality Standards, Ocean Acidification & Fish Consumption Rates
  • Emergency Response

We welcome that other discussion topics may emerge and as conversations evolve. We look forward to engaging with you and making some positive movement toward the protection and preservation of our environment for generations to come.
*More information for the Region 10 Tribal Environmental Leaders Summit here