NPS - Being Present

Native Perspectives on Sustainability friendsofnps at
Wed May 19 07:58:34 PDT 2010

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share a new clip, "Being
(4:39), featuring Larry Merculieff (Aleut).  Merculieff tells a story from
his childhood about learning through observation of Aleut hunters and
seabirds how one profoundly connects with the earth.

Additionally, a couple items from our friends at Ecotrust and the Earth and
Spirit Council.

Ecotrust has opened the nominations cycle for the Ecotrust Indigenous
Leadership Award.  Details about the award and Ecotrust are provided below,
and more about the nomination process can be found here:

The Earth and Spirit Council is presenting a special encore of "For the Next
7 Generations," a documentary film about the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers (see
attached flier).

When:  Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:30 pm (door open at 6:00 pm)
Where:  The Hollywood Theater,  4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland 97212
Tickets:   $8 advance tickets and $10 at the door. Advanced tickets are
recommended; as the last showing sold out. Click here to purchase tickets in

Be well,

David E. Hall, Ph.D.
Native Perspectives on Sustainability: Voices from Salmon Nation
Seeking a deeper understanding of our place on Earth
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Five Innovative Northwest Leaders To Be Recognized In December With $45,000

PORTLAND, Ore., May 17, 2010  Ecotrust today opened nominations for the
annual Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award, a recognition program for
individuals who demonstrate durable qualities of leadership for improvement
of social, economic, political and environmental conditions in their
homelands.  In December, the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership awardee will
receive a cash award of $25,000, and four finalists will each receive

The Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award has quietly become one of the
preeminent programs for honoring and supporting tribal, First Nation, and
Alaska Native leaders in the West.  Each year, the award recognizes five of
the West¹s most innovative indigenous leaders for their efforts to improve
conditions in their communities. Individuals are eligible if they are First
Nation or tribal members, over 35 years of age, and work, or have worked,
with an indigenous organization or community within the states of Oregon,
Washington, California, western Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Alaska or the
Canadian provinces of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.  Award
nominees are leaders who work to improve a community¹s resource base,
cultural base, economic security, or health and wellness.

The 2010 nomination deadline is August 15. In September 2010, a reading
panel will review all nominations.  A majority of the reading panel consists
of native leaders, and they select five nominations to forward to the final
jury.  The final jury is comprised of eminent indigenous leaders who make
the final awardee selection and guide the program¹s processes and policies.
Final jury members have included:  Dalee Sambo Dorough (Inupiaq), Alan
Parker (Chippewa-Cree), Chief Leah George-Wilson (Tsleil Waututh Nation),
Kathy Hill (Klamath Tribes), Antone Minthorn (Cayuse), and non-voting
members Spencer B. Beebe (Ecotrust founder and president) and Elizabeth
Woody (Navajo-Warm Springs-Wasco-Yakama).

The 2010 award ceremony will be held on December 2 at Ecotrust¹s Jean Vollum
Natural Capital Center in Portland. Ecotrust covers travel and lodging
expenses for the awardee and finalists.

Ecotrust believes that tribes and First Nations are more than an ethnic or
minority demographic; they are nations and representative governments, major
landowners, committed co-managers in natural resources, and major drivers of
local and regional economies.  Tribes, First Nations, and Alaska Natives
hold long-range vision, sustainable societal values and a history of the
land and marine terrestrial ecosystems that provide a sense of place in the
growing global economy.

To nominate someone for the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award, please

To hear from previous awardees and finalists, please visit:

About Ecotrust

Over nearly 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $60 million in grants into more
than $300 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations
from Alaska to California. Ecotrust¹s many innovations include co-founding
the world¹s first environmental bank, starting the world¹s first ecosystem
investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food,
farms and children¹s health, and developing new scientific and information
tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision-making.
Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it honors and
supports the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership in its work.  More
on the Web at

Gloria Borg Olds
Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award
gborg at
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