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May 24-25, 2017: Cultural Resource Protection Summit at Suquamish, Washington

2017 Cultural Resource Protection Summit
Our Resources, Our Stories: A Decade of Sharing
May 24-25, 2017
Hosted by the Suquamish Tribe


The House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish, WA 98392
Lodging: Clearwater Casino & Resort


The 2017 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks the tenth anniversary of our gathering.  Since its inception, the primary goal in organizing the annual Summit has been to facilitate amongst all affected parties an open, frank discussion about the intersection between cultural resources and land use.  The Summit is designed to promote collaborative cultural resource planning as an effective means of finding resolution to issues before they escalate into emotionally-charged, divisive, and expensive stalemates or lawsuits.

This year, we are celebrating the 10th annual Summit with another engaging agenda of cutting-edge topics that will encourage attendees to examine how the work we do protects our shared resources and preserves our shared stories.  We will also reflect on ten years of Summit discussions as we consider the future and take time to celebrate a decade of sharing, both during the day and at a special optional dinner.  On Day 1, we will focus on issues of particular interest to land use planners and developers, while on Day 2, we will address more advanced Cultural Resource Management (CRM) topics.  Keynotes, panel discussions, and open discussions will highlight real-world examples of the link between CRM and responsible land use.  So, bring an open, inquisitive mind and a celebratory spirit!!

Please join us at the Suquamish Tribe’s beautiful and inviting House of Awakened Culture for a two-day gathering that will help you improve your technical skills while deepening your connection to why we do this work.  Leave with more tools for protecting cultural resources and sharing the important stories they tell, not to mention new allies and friends

Summit Highlights

Day #2 Keynote – Christopher Horsethief, Consultant
Join us for the highly-anticipated return of one of our most popular Summit keynotes, Christopher Horsethief, research professor and consultant.  Christopher’s research interests include the group dynamics of collectively traumatized communities and the linkages between indigenous language and culture.  He has created tech apps, including Native language keyboards, and helps speech communities create self-determined methods of language revitalization.

Special Panel Sessions on the Hottest Topics – Climate Change, Tools for Planners (e.g. CRMPs, Predictive Models), Culverts, Cultural/Natural Resources, Effective Advocacy, and many more!

* CM credits for Planners will be applied for in cooperation with the Planning Association of Washington (PAW).

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