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Save Our Wild Salmon

The R.U.N. in Unity Convening is the fifth annual salmon and orca convening was organized by the Nez Perce Tribe and hosted by the Tulalip Tribes. The two-day summit brought together more than a dozen tribes from Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada, and at least 15 allied NGOs to connect and unify voices, and develop and implement best practices for the protection and preservation of water, orca, and salmon in the Northwest. Tribal protocols and presentations, song and ceremony, and panel discussions filled both days.

The SOS team is deeply moved and appreciative for the sharing of wisdom and strength that took place at the convening, and the opportunity to listen and learn from their traditional ecological and cultural knowledge of the region. We strongly encourage you to listen to, or revisit, the thoughtful discussions that took place at R.U.N in Unity Convening.

See below for the recordings of R.U.N in Unity Convening and the event agenda.

Watch the R.U.N in Unity Convening video by Children of the Setting Sun Production

Day One | November 1, 2023

Day Two (Part 1) | November 2, 2023

Day Two (Part 2) | November 2, 2023

  • Tribal Speaker
    • Chairman Kris Klabsch Peters from Squaxin Island Tribe
  • Tribal Men Panel
    • Moderator: Ashton Picard (Nez Perce), Council Chaplain
    • Panelists:
      • Jeremy RedStar Wolf (Umatilla), Water Resources Program Tech III at CTUIR
      • JoDe Goudy (Yakama), Vice-President of Se’Si’Le and former Chairman of the Yakama Nation
      • Nate Tyler, Makah Tribal Member and Council Member 
      • Jay Julius (Lummi) President of Se’Si’Le

The salmon can’t get out of the river to march the halls of Congress. They can’t get out of the river to go to court. We have to be their voice and their advocates and champions. Fawn Sharp (Quinault), president of the National Congress of American Indians, quoting the late Billy Frank Jr. (Nisqually)

“What you all are doing there is organizing. You are taking power from other structures and putting it behind the sovereignty, the salmon, the orca, the Indigenous Peoples and figuring out how do we unite that voice into one to advance our common cause. That’s the movement.”
Amy Cordalis (Yurok), executive director of Ridges to Riffles Indigenous Conservation Group

“As I was watching Nooksack Nation up here, I started to get emotional. I was just thinking about how at a certain point in history the goal was to erase Tribal Nations and yet here we are, having retained these traditions. We are so resilient. Knowing that, it seems impossible that we could lose our relative salmon.” Kayeloni Scott (Spokane and Nez Perce Nations), communications for the Nez Perce Tribe and American Rivers, R.U.N. in Unity organizer


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