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Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, 148 Tribes


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Second Annual Tule Boat Workshop, Big Valley Rancheria

Tribal achievements throughout the Pacific Southwest in cultural preservation, environmental education, and outreach in 2003 included:

  • Big Valley Rancheria held its second annual Tule Boat Workshop during the summer solstice.
  • August 1, 2003 was a historic day for the Washoe Tribe, as President George W. Bush signed the "Washoe Tribe Lake Tahoe Land Conveyance Act," which gives the Washoe people a protected area for important cultural ceremonies and activities.
  • With EPA funding, the Trinidad Rancheria produced a video that chronicles the elders’ knowledge of traditional cultural practices involving the environment.
  • As part of their very active environmental education program, the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians at Stewarts Point hosted two environmental fairs for youth and adults in 2003.
  • The Pala Band of Mission Indians sponsored their second annual Earth Day at their Elementary School.
  • The Hopi Environmental Protection Office hosted an Earth Day Fair in 2003, along with other public outreach and youth events, including a Girl Power Conference.
  • The Hoopa Tribe developed an internship program to involve students interested in environmental careers.
  • The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians was honored by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development's "Honoring Nations" awards program for their youth-focused environmental internship program.
  • The Walker River Paiute Tribal Youth Group continued to host environmental presenters and to conduct various outings and activities with an emphasis on environmental education.
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