Ecotrust ceremony to recognize tribal leaders

Chuck Sams of the Confederated Umatilla Tribes is one of the finalists.

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An Ecotrust ceremony to recognize leaders from Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations will include finalist Chuck Sams, a member of the Confederated Umatilla Tribes.

The Nov. 2 dinner will be at the Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, Fields Ballroom, 1119 S.W. Park Ave. It coincides with the National Congress of American Indians National Convention.

It will feature a traditional fall feast of wild and tribal-caught fall Chinook salmon, ceremony and music. The event begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception and includes a dinner and ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Open to all, business attire is requested and RSVPs should be made by Monday.

For information about tickets and pricing see www.ecotrust.org.

Sams is a citizen of the Cocopah Nation with family ties to the Yankton Sioux and Cayuse Tribe in Oregon. He has dedicated his work and board volunteer service to the conservation, protection and repatriation of tribal land and natural resources in the Northwest through both native and non-native organizations, according to a release from Ecotrust.

His work helps support healthy, vibrant tribal communities. Through his efforts, he has helped reconnect youths to the way of the salmon and fostered an intergenerational sharing of knowledge. Chuck, wife Lori, and their three children, Rosey, Chauncey and Clara, live in Pendleton.

Finalists also include Delores Ann Pigsley, member of the Siletz tribe in Oregon; Nora Dauenhauer, member of the Tlingit tribe in Alaska; Wayne Warren Don, member of the Cupik/Yupik tribes in Alaska; and Clan Chief Adam Dick, Kwaxsistalla, traditionally trained leader of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation in British Columbia, Canada.

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