Working in Indian Country

Working in Indian Country


Photo of Chiloquin Green Schoolyard project team / Courtesy of Klamath County School District

Health & Outdoors Partner, Barton Robison is happy to announce a three-course training series, “Working in Indian Country.” Designed specifically for non-tribal members, this series will help professionals working with indigenous and tribal communities understand the broader context of US-tribal relations, dig into how to craft a successful land acknowledgment, and glean helpful tips on culturally responsive ways to engage with tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Barton has an MPA with a focus in Natural Resources from PSU, and just completed his Graduate Certificate in Tribal Relations through PSU’s Institute for Tribal Government.

As a part of this series, we’re hoping to use these training sessions as a fundraiser for Changing Currents, an indigenous-led initiative to foster deeper, collective dialogue about water protection & its importance to tribal communities. I’d encourage everyone to click here to learn more about the organization, and you can head to this link to donate:

When donating, please be sure to write “Changing Currents” in the note line. Our suggested donation amount for the trainings is $50.


Join us for one or all three of the following webinars:

Federal Indian Policy

Our kickoff to the “Working in Indian Country” series is an overview of the federal government’s policies toward indigenous people since the founding of our nation. How do policies from 200+ years ago affect our relationships with tribes today, and how can awareness of these policies help non-indigenous professionals improve government relationships with tribes? This webinar is specifically designed for non-indigenous people who work with tribes to better understand how context has created our modern relationships with tribes throughout the United States. 

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 11:00 am-12:00 pm PST


Land Acknowledgments

Land acknowledgments are a hotly debated topic both within and outside of indigenous communities. Why should people do them, and why shouldn’t people do them? How do I know if I’m doing it right? This workshop is specifically designed for non-indigenous people to better understand the history and purpose of land acknowledgments, the pitfalls of doing one incorrectly, and how you can craft a meaningful land acknowledgment that’s centered in compassion and justice.

When: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm PST


Working in Indian Country

To cap off our series, we’ll be taking a high-level overview of how non-indigenous people can build meaningful, culturally-responsive relationships with tribes in the Pacific Northwest. What do you need to know before reaching out to tribal council? How do you build relationships with your counterparts? And how can personal relationships blossom into organizational relationships? This webinar is specifically designed for non-indigenous people to better understand the cultural norms and practices of tribes in the United States so you can build stronger, more authentic relationships.

When: Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 11:00 am-12:00 pm PST

Barton Robison knows firsthand the healing powers of nature and is passionate about removing access barriers so that all Oregonians can know the benefits of time in green space. He leads Willamette Partnership’s work on the Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative, and his strengths include facilitation, strategy development, and communications.


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