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September 2022 TK & Fire Newsletter

TK & Fire September 2022 Newsletter


Community Day and Fire Effects Monitoring Training prior to the cultural burn at the Spokane Tribal Network Food Sovereignty Garden x̣x̣súl̓eʔxw ("a nice little place of good ground."), Spring, 2021 Wellpinit, WA. Photo Credit: Monique Wynecoop, USFS
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Letter from the Editor:

Welcome to our Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Fire in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest newsletter! 

The primary goal of this semi-annual newsletter is to provide an avenue for those interested in the topic of TK and Fire to find and share upcoming news, events, management tools and applications, research, and more related to TK and fire and fuels management in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.  Hopefully this will be a useful avenue to share and educate others about the important role that fire has and continues to play in our diverse Tribal cultures, communities, and ecosystems, and highlight the innovative projects and research being accomplished by and in partnership with Tribal communities!

This newsletter is just the tip of the iceberg for the wealth of information being shared on the topic of TK & Fire in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Be sure to scroll to the publication and reports section to see some of the amazing research recently published by Indigenous scholars, managers, and allies! 

In our communities and ecosystems, everything is connected,  I would like to challenge you to take a second to look into a topic that doesn't immediately strike you as directly connected to fire and see how your perspective or worldview might shift.

Thank you!

Monique Wynecoop,
Pit River/Maidu
Fire Ecologist & Tribal Liaison, Northern Rockies Fire Science Network
NE WA Area Fire Ecologist, USDA FS Region 6

September 2022 TK & Fire Newsletter

In This Issue
For more information on the topic of TK & Fire, check out the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network Hot Topic, "Fire & Traditional Knowledge", developed in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Pacific Southwest Research Station!
Beaver as Educator: A Summer Program for Native American Youth

When: May, 2022
Source: By: Ed Galindo, Sky Pete, Chris Cleveland, Barb Pete, Casey Bartrem, Tod Shockey, and Lori Lambert/ Journal of Native Sciences
The Wildlife Scientist Finding Innovation in Ancient Ideas

When: March 22nd, 2022
Source: Gemma Tarlach/ Atlas Obscura
Good Fire: Current Barriers to the Expansion of Cultural Burning and Prescribed Fire in California and Recommended Solutions/ Executive Summary

When: 2022
Source: Sara Clark, Andrew Miller, & Don Hankins/ Karuk Tribe Climate Change Projects 
When: July 21, 2022
Source: "United Shades of America", CNN

By: Melodi Wynne, Spokane Tribal Network Food Sovereignty Project

"Last early spring and late fall we welcomed fire back in a cultural burn practice. Things we noticed after our springtime cultural burn:
  • The area that we burned came back green, and stayed green longer than the surrounding area, even with the early and lingering heat dome and drought conditions.
  • The plant life following the burn was much different that what had been there prior to the burn.
We are excited to see what spring is bringing as a result of our late fall cultural burn."

When: July 13, 2022
Source: Society for Ecological Restoration


2022 Traditional Ecological Knowledge Summit Playlist

When: May 30, 2022
Source: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Club, Oregon State University



When: May 1, 2022
Source: Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes/ Stories for Action

"Cultural Survival is th survival of sustainable relationships'- Tiyana Richelle Casey, Indigenous Relations Liaison for the Blues to Bitterroots Coalition



When: March 25, 2022
Source: Lolo Pass Visitors Center Discover Your Northwest

"Cultural Survival is th survival of sustainable relationships'- Tiyana Richelle Casey, Indigenous Relations Liaison for the Blues to Bitterroots Coalition



When: Feb 10, 2022
Source: 1854 Treaty Authority

Community members come together from across sugar maple territory to talk about our relationship with ininaatig (the maple tree). A panel of elders, harvesters, and resource managers will share stories, experiences, concerns, and items of importance for the next generation to care of ininaatig. 



When: Jan 24, 2022
Source: Spring Creek Project

 Margo Robbins shares her experience bringing Traditional Ecological Knowledge into practice as her and her networks rekindle an age-old relationship with fire. 

It is part of "Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire," a series hosted by the Spring Creek Project and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University (OSU). The talk was co-sponsored by OSU's Center for the Humanities, OSU's Sustainability Office, OSU's Arts and Education Complex, and The talk is followed by a Q&A, moderated by Spring Creek Project Program Manager Carly Lettero. Learn more about the "Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire” lecture series on Spring Creek Project's website: 



When: Jan 13, 2022
Source: Costa Boutsikaris & Anna Palmer/ Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Montana Premiere
For millennia Native Americans have successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain their traditional land management practices. In the face of a changing climate, Native communities across the US are recovering their ancient relationships with the land. INHABITANTS follows five Native American tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices.



When: Nov 3, 2021
Source: The Wilson Center

The risks posed by climate change, and in particular climate’s impact on marginalized communities, have further exposed the linkages between climate change, environmental degradation, racism, and social injustice. Often missing from conversations focused on these injustices, however, is an awareness of the agency and knowledge that Indigenous communities bring to climate response. The Wilson Center hosted a discussion with leaders who are working to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into climate decision-making.



When: Oct 6, 2021
Source: MT OPI Indian Education Division

2021 – 2022 Montana Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All Ethnobotany Webinar Series



When: Oct 6, 2021
Source: Oregon State University College of Forestry

Beyond the Land Ethic: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Forest Management and Conservation, A Native American Perspective by Cristina Eisenberg, Graduate Faculty, College of Forestry, OSU. This lecture is part of the 2022 Starker Lecture Series


A Basket Weaver's Story: Verna Reece (Season 1, Episode 1)

September 9th, 2022
Source: Intentional Fire: Karuk Tribe/South-West Climate Adaptation Science Center
Cultural Fire in California with Don Hankins

July 25th, 2022
Source: Good Fire on Apple Podcasts
Episode 22: This indigenous practice fights fire with fire

June 14th, 2022
Source: National Geographic
Talk of Alaska: Sustainable subsistence

When: May, 2022
Source: Alaska Public Radio

First Foods: How Native people are revitalizing the natural nourishment of the Pacific Northwest

July 10th, 2022
Source:  Lynda Mapes | Photography by Erika J. Schultz | Videography by Lauren Frohne
Seattle Times staff

Op-Ed: Why forest managers need to team up with Indigenous fire practitioners

When: July 31, 2022
Source: Don Hankins, Scott Stephens & Sara A. Clark, Published by LA Times
What does it mean to Indigenize the USDA Forest Service?

When: June 9, 2022
Source:  Reed Robinson, Director, Office of Tribal Relations, USDA FS/ Red Lake Nation News
Foraged plants form a connection to the earth

When: June 22, 2022
Source: Mecca Bos, MPR News Northstar Journey

Land Back Video Series: Konkow Valley Band of Maidu Indians

When: March 28, 2022
Source: Trelasa Baratta, Middletown Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California/ Redbud Resource Group

"As many know, Butte County has been ravaged by fires in the last decade- the Camp Fire, North Complex Fire, and nearby Dixie Fire, to name a few . In the aftermath of these fires, sacred historical sites and cultural resources have been exposed to the elements, leading to the development of tribal cultural monitoring teams, or teams of tribal members with cultural knowledge, who are now tasked with documenting and protecting tribal history as clean up plans continue and housing redevelopment returns. Our first episode will divulge the ways that Konkow's cultural monitoring team has attempted to protect its resources, and will explore some of the conflicts that have arisen with various state agencies who lack the cultural competency needed to respectfully partner with the land's Native peoples."
Expert Q&A: Frank K. Lake
Interview by Amy Nelson

When: 2022
Source:  By Amy Nelson/ Biohabitats Fire on the Landscape Newsletter


March 21-24, 2023 Northwest Scientific Association Meeting.  Hybrid (Online and Bellingham, WA). Information TBA


2022 Unequal Treatments: Federal Wildfire Fuels Projects and Socio-economic Status of Nearby Communities
S. Anderson et al.

2022 Reimagining US federal land management through decolonization and Indigenous value systems
L. Jacobs et al.

2022 Karuk ecological fire management practices promote elk habitat in northern California
T. Connor et al.

2022 Keepers of the flame: supporting the revitalization of Indigenous cultural burning
A. Christopher et al.

2022 Walking on two legs: a pathway of Indigenous restoration and reconciliation in fire-adapted landscapes
S. Dickson-Hoyle et al.

2022 Rebuilding Yunesit’in fire (Qwen) stewardship: Learnings from the land
W. Nikolakis and R. Ross

2022 Cultivating Collaborative Resilience to Social and Ecological Change: An Assessment of Adaptive Capacity, Actions, and Barriers Among Collaborative Forest Restoration Groups in the United States
T. Beeton et al.

2022 Adaptation Strategies and Approaches for Managing Fire in a Changing Climate
M. Sample et al.

2022 Transforming Restoration Science: Multiple Knowledges and Community Research Cogeneration in the Klamath and Duwamish Rivers 
S. Klein  et al.

2022 How Does Cultural Burning Impact Biodiversity? 

K. Hoffman, A. Christianson, E. Davis

2022 Disruption of cultural burning promotes shrub encroachment and unprecedented

Mariani et al.

2022 Sč̓iɫpálq͏ʷ: Biocultural Restoration of Whitebark Pine on the Flathead Reservation
Durglo et al.

2022 Land, ethics, justice, and Aldo Leopold. Socio Ecol Pract Res 
C. Mein

2022 Examining abiotic and biotic factors influencing specimen black oaks (Quercus kelloggii) in northern California to reimplement traditional ecological knowledge and promote ecosystem resilience post-wildfire
C. O'Gorman et al.

2022 Listening and Learning from Traditional Knowledge and Western Science: A Dialogue on Contemporary Challenges of Forest Health and Wildfire
L. Mason et al. 

2022 Intertribal Timber Council survey of tribal research needs
C. Beatty and A. Leighton
2022 How Nostalgia Drives and Derails Living with Wildland Fire in the American West
J. Ladino et al.

2022 Alaska Native Subsistence Rights: Taking an Anti-Racist Decolonizing Approach to Land Management and Ownership for Our Children and Generations to Come 
H. Sauyaq Jean Gordon

2022 Beaver as Educator: A Summer Program for Native American Youth
E. Galindo et al.

2021 Fire and People
F. Castro Rego, P. Morgan, P. Fernandes, & C. Hoffman

2021 Conceptualizing Indigenous Cultural Ecosystem Services (ICES) and Benefits under Changing Climate Conditions in the Klamath River Basin and Their Implications for Land Management and Governance
M. Mucioki

2021 Scientists' Warning to Humanity on !reats to Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems
Á. Fernández-Llamazares,

2021 Native American fire management at an ancient
wildland–urban interface in the Southwest
United States

C. Roos et al.

2021 Wildfire and climate change adaptation of western North American forests: a case for intentional management
P. Hessburg et al. 

2019 Reframing food security by and for Native American communities: a case study among tribes in the Klamath River basin of Oregon and California

J. Sowerwine


Indigenous Peoples Burning Network

Cultural Fire Management Council

Northern Rockies Fire Science Network

NW Fire Science Consortium

ITC Timber Notes Newsletter

Smoke Signals

BIA Indian Country Fire & Forestry

Indigenous Roots & Repatriation Foundation

White Bark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Nutcracker Notes

Fire Adapted Network

Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology (FUSSEE)

NAU Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

USGS Climate Adaptation Insights Newsletter

Coeur d'Alene Tribe GIS Portal

Native Food Network

Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance

Indigenous Collective

Intertribal Food Summit

Journal of Native Sciences

First Nations Development Institute

Redbud Resource Group:  Native Made and Approved Edu. Materials

Stewarding Native Lands

Wisdom of the Elders, INC

UW NW Climate Adaptation Science Center

Whitehouse Office of Science & Technology Policy on Indigenous Knowledge

A Note Regarding Projects and Research Involving Tribes: Ethics and Protocols

There is a growing interest in fire research communities to look at new ways to incorporate Traditional Knowledge into research and management.  There is also an increasing need to share the importance of involving Tribes as equal players in projects involving their Traditional Knowledge as early as possible. Though early collaboration and communication with the appropriate ethics committees and tribal representatives can be time consuming, it will pay off in the long run by insuring that tribes will benefit from the research projects that involve their cultural properties.

Below is a beginning list of resources and guidelines for initiating any research involving or related to tribes and their traditional knowledge:
Also, below you can find information on the tribal ancestral territories, treaties, and languages, as well as how to go about putting together an appropriate land acknowledgement.

CLICK HERE E-MAIL US -- We'd like to hear your suggestions, ideas, and questions.

Monique Wynecoop, NRFSN Fire Ecologist & Tribal Liaison/ Newsletter Editor
NE WA Area Fire Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Region 6, Colville, Wa

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