Indigenous people from across the county gathered at the Portland Art Museum to honor five Native leaders for their exceptional contributions to their communities and to protecting the environment.
Ecotrust is a non-profit organization “committed to fostering more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems,” by supporting programs and initiatives that combine nature, healthy communities and economic prosperity.
The sold-out dinner began with a blessing by members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Colorful wild salmon graced our plates. Young rising stars were applauded for their commitment to creating a society that considers the needs of future generations.
Each Native individual honored lives within an area served by Strategies 360:
- From Montana, Gail Small (Northern Cheyenne)
- From Washington, Chairman Micah McCarty (Makah), and Chairman Brian Cladoosby (Swinomish)
- From Alaska, Jonathan Andrew Waterhouse (S’Klallam/Chippewa/Cree), and Patience Andersen Faulkner (Chugach Eskimo)
The five distinguished honorees challenged the audience to take action and work for solutions within their communities and were an inspiration to all.