Please join us to learn from the stories of our tribal colleagues and collaborators about the community building work taking place in the region.
The Forum presentations will open with Temyrss Xeli’tia Lane, Indian Country Team lead at Pyramid Communication and Lummi Tribal member.
The Return Home: From Soccer to Salmon, that speaks to journey, tribal sovereignty, visibility and action. Temryss will also speak to several client strategies.
Temryss comes from a long lineage of Lummi fisher people. As a tribal member of the Lummi Nation, Temryss advocates for Indigenous visibility, tribal engagement and reciprocity. Her work in global football, media, and academia has guided her career from being a defender on the soccer pitch to a strategist in communications, defending tribal sovereignty and Native lifeways. At Pyramid, Temryss leads multi-disciplinary project teams in delivering strategic insight and partnership to advance Native-led initiatives that support tribes and Native organizations in telling their stories to accomplish their goals. Some of her current clients include Lummi Nation, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, and the Native American Rights Fund. Temryss holds a master’s degree in American Indian Studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and is a board member of The Chief Seattle Club.
Dianne Barton from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, and Roy Iwai from the Clean Rivers Coalition (on behalf of Multnomah County) will discuss “Connect the Drops,” how to drive the "why" behind behavior change campaigns.
Dianne is the Water Quality Coordinator at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) where she provides technical expertise related to water quality, environmental toxics,regulatory processes, and fate and transport of contaminants. CRITFC is a technical support and coordinating agency for its member tribes’ fisheries management programs.
Dianne serves as the Chairman of the National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC) which is an EPA tribal partnership group for the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Key issues for the NTTC include advocacy for programs to minimize the disproportionate exposure of tribal members to toxic chemicals, increasing tribal capacity to monitor natural resources for toxic chemicals, and enhancing tribal consultation on chemical risk management and pollution prevention policies.
Dianne holds a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Arizona and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Roy Iwai, Multnomah County Transportation Division
Roy manages the Water Quality Program in the Multnomah County Transportation Division where he frequently collaborates with other partners on ways to reduce stormwater pollution, improve fish passage, and deliver outreach. He has a MS in Oceanography.
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