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Wilderness Workshop



Session Recordings


Wednesday April 19th


10:00 am-10:30 am

Regina Lopez Whiteskunk will open the day with her thoughts on bringing this event to fruition, and what she hopes we will achieve through the week.

National Park Service and US Forest Service Collaboration with Tribes

10:30 am-12:00 pm

Hear from Mike Reynolds (NPS) and Reed Robinson (USFS) on new ways the National Park Service and US Forest Service are partnering with Tribes.

Advancing Cultural Competency & Promoting Tribal Food Sovereignty

12:00pm -1:00 pm

Celina Gray will discuss Advancing Cultural Competency & Promoting Tribal Food Sovereignty Through Environmental “One Health” Literacy and Wildlife Biology.

History of Land Dispossession

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Lara Jacobs will lead us through the history of land dispossession.

Seasonal Rounds

3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Hear from Tim Ryan about Salish and Kootenai seasonal rounds and Indigenous lifeways.

Panel Discussion: Can Wilderness center Indigenous people and Lifeways?

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Facilitated by Regina Lopez Whiteskunk, a panel comprised of Tim Ryan, Alfred Lomahquahu, Victoria Hykes Steere, Jennifer Harrington, and Maija Lukin will discuss whether and how designated wilderness can center Indigenous people and Lifeways.

Thursday April 20th

Beyond Consultation

10:15 am-12:00 pm

The Beyond Consultation explores different and meaningful models of collaboration, from legal requirements to best practices and relationship building, and beyond.


The first third of the day, from 10:15 to 12:00, will be Establishing a Baseline: An Intro to Free, Prior & Informed Consent.  This section will be a panel discussion with Rob Roy Smith, Jennifer Harrington, Blair Libby, Jaime Martin and Maija Lukin.

Thursday-Beyond Consultation

Beyond Consultation

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

The second third of the day, from 2:00 to 3:30, will be Collaboration to Co-Management: Deep Dives into Collaborative Problem Solving.  This section will include a small group activity facilitated by Rob Roy Smith, Jaime Martin, and Jake Rayapati, followed by a presentation by Mike Durglo and Anne Carlson.

Beyond Consultation

3:45 pm-5:00 pm

The last third of the day, from 3:45 to 5:00, will comprise of a presentation and panel discussion with Clarita Lefthand Begay, Kunsang Choden, Dara Craig, Lauren Redmore, Jesse Brisbois, Chris Armatas, Angelo Baca, Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk and Alfred Lomahquahu.

Management Frameworks

10:15 am-12:00 pm

The Management Frameworks track will bring together a number of speakers to talk about the nuts and bolts, and share examples, of a variety of wilderness management that cross the spectrum from Tribal government management to federal government management, and everything in between.

Thursday-Managent Frameworks

Management Frameworks

2:00 pm-5:00 pm


10:15 am-12:00 pm

The Lifeways track explores aspects of Indigenous Lifeways and how they relate to wilderness and wildlands.


From 10:15 to 12, Elizabeth Azzuz, Sean Parks, Dagny Signorelli and Alyssa Worsham will discuss the application of cultural fire and ignite the conversation around prescribed fire in wilderness.



2:00 pm-2:45 pm

From 2:00 to 2:45, Diana Doan Crider will discuss The Story of the Acorn - a story-telling view of her holistic research on bears in Mexico, the communities that surround them, and what they taught her about research and knowledge.


2:50 pm-4:00 pm

From 2:50 to 4:00, Tyler Lau and friends will discuss recreation culture, and how it can be shifted from a culture of consumption to a culture of care.


4:00 pm-5:00 pm

From 4:00 to 5:00, Rosalyn la Pier and Nicole Benally will discuss cultural food soverignty, and what it means for protected area management.

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