Native American Heritage Month: Working together to preserve our resources — our legacy

Natural Resources Building rotunda
DNR staff hang tribal banners in Natural Resources Building. Photo: DNR, Bryan Flint

November was proclaimed Native American Heritage month by both President Obama and Governor Gregoire. Embedded in the heritage of the Tribes are respect and veneration of the natural world, and we invite you to join us in celebrating this culture.

On display through November in the Natural Resources Building rotunda are panels showing a few of the many examples of salmon habitat restoration efforts that the tribes and partners are carrying out statewide—and region wide.

Also on view are banners representing the federally enrolled tribes in the state. Originally, the banners were hung in the Nisqually Tribe Cultural Center, offering a backdrop for the 2011 Natural Resources Tribal Summit in September 2011, hosted by DNR and the Nisqually Tribe.

Throughout the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, the tribes and DNR work together to address natural resources issues important to all. Our tribal relations manager helps DNR and the tribes coordinate many efforts regarding natural resources, and issues of interest concerning the 5 million acres of state lands that the department manages, the tribal geoduck fishery, and more.

See our newest info-graphics: Map of major tribal watershed restoration partnership in Washington State.

The Hoh and Makah tribes combine efforts to restore a wetland.

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