In this episode of Indigenous Voices of the Columbia River, Patrica Whitefoot (Yakama), Roberta Kirk (Wasco and Dine) and Chuck Sams (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation) discuss the importance of the river and interconnectedness. This podcast was created from the audio recording of our November Story Gathering in Hood River
Patricia Whitefoot (Yakama) – For over 40 years, Patricia has managed Indian Education and community mobilization programs from preschool to adult education at the tribal, state and national level. She advocates her ancestors’ vision of holistic health, environmental and spiritual well-being.
Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco) – A nationally recognized basket weaver and artist, Pat was born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She lectures about Columbia River Native cultures to universities and museums.
Chuck Sams (Umatilla) – Chuck serves as Communications Director, and has served as Interim Deputy Executive Director, for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He is recognized for his numerous leadership positions in environmental protection, restoration and reclaiming Native lands.