Chas Jones, Ph.D.

Building Relations with Northwest Tribal Nations

An intern with the National Climate Adaptation Science Center recently interviewed me about my relationship building efforts with Northwestern Tribal Nations. A link to the original story can be found at this link, but I have copied the text to this post.


Each year in August when the huckleberry shrub begins to fruit, many tribal nations of the northwestern United States hold a celebration called the Huckleberry Feast to give thanks for tribal ‘first foods’, or the variety of plants and animals most culturally significant to those tribes. Chas Jones, employed by the Associated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) as the Northwest CASC’s Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison, was invited to attend this year’s Huckleberry Feast by a member of the Umatilla Tribe in Oregon, whose first foods include Chinook salmon, bison, elk, deer, root vegetables such as the Indian potato, choke cherries and, of course, huckleberries.

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