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Pre-Symposium Workshops

The Pre-Symposium Workshops take place on Monday, May 14, 2012 from 8:00am - 5:00pm. These workshops are optional and cost an additional fee. The early registration price for a Pre-Symposium Workshop is $99. To qualify for early registration, payments must be received by April 13, 2012. After April 13, the price goes up to $115. All proceeds from the Pre-Symposium Workshops go towards the ITC Truman D. Picard Scholarship. This scholarship supports Native American students seeking college degrees in the field of natural resources.

  • Monday Workshop 1 - Traditional Crafting from the Warm Springs Perspective
    Coordinator:     Sheila Danzuka, Marriage and Family Therapist
    Instructors: Terry Courtney, Jr.
    Emerson Squiemphen
    Rosie Tom
    Location: Museum at Warm Springs

    There are three tribes that comprise the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute) and each respective tribe makes numerous crafts utilizing the local natural resources. This workshop will highlight three of those crafts as local teachers will demonstrate the art of net-making, handdrum-making and basketweaving.

    A major portion of the tribal diet is Chinook salmon and the most common traditional method to catch salmon was using nets. Terry Courtney, Jr. grew up on the Columbia River and continues to practice fishing with traditional methods. He will show how to make fishing nets in this workshop. There are many uses for nets that extend well beyond fishing, so this workshop will be helpful for future projects as well.

    The use of drums is almost universal amongst Native peoples, although the type of drum can vary with some using a communal drum with several drummers, and others utilizing hand drums for each individual drummer. Just as each group of natives is different, the drums each vary accordingly. In some tribes, hand drums are used only in secret traditional ceremonies whereas in others, hand drums are the focal point of the public ceremony. In both cases and in every aspect between, the drum plays a key role. Warm Springs tribal member Emerson Squiemphen will use modern materials to share his method of hand drum construction.

    Rosie Tom, enrolled Paiute, is an accomplished artist who was exposed to weaving when she was seven years old. She learned by watching and assisted as needed by fetching willows, water and carrying firewood. Rosie has also worked with cedar, pine needles, tules, corn husks and yarn. Today she will be working with willow and yarn to teach workshop participants how to make a basket.

  • Monday Workshop 2 - Wildland Fire Updates
    Moderator: Vernon Stearns, Fuels Manager, Spokane Tribe of Indians, ITC Fire Sub-Committee Chairman
    Coordinator:     Jim Erickson, ITC Fire Technical Specialist
    Instructors: Robyn Broyles, Fire Communication and Education Specialist, BIA NIFC
    Lyle Carlile, Fire Director, BIA NIFC
    Jim Erickson, ITC Fire Technical Specialist
    Mark Jackson, Assistant Director of Fire Use & Fuels, BIA NIFC
    Dave Koch, Training Specialist, BIA NIFC
    Bob Roberts, Assistant Fire Director, BIA NIFC

    The world of wildland fire management is a dynamic, complex system that is ever evolving. Staying up with consistent standards, technology and operating procedures is a challenge for us all, especially when the strategy and tactics to accomplish our mission continues to evolve. This workshop will be a quick fuels treatment that will provide short updates on key topics emerging in the wildland fire community to help tribes and the BIA prepare for the future. It is our wish participants dialog with presenters and provide feedback to help make the fire management program stronger in the future.


    8:00-8:45:Cohesive Strategy: Brief update on the status of the CS and what is happening during Phase 3, Trade-off Analysis. Jim Erickson
    8:45-9:45:Hazard Fuel Funding: Status update on the hazard fuel funding allocation process and a forecast of how it will affect Tribes. Mark Jackson, Assistant Director of Fire Use & Fuels, BIA NIFC
    10:00-11:00:        LANDFIRE: Overview of where this data-set is heading, Importance of incorporating tribal data into LANDFIRE, and what tribal participation may look like. Dave Koch, Training Specialist, BIA NIFC
    11:00-12:00:Talking about wildland fire and connectivity: After a year of being online, how has communication within and without our organization changed. Robyn Broyles, Fire Communication and Education Specialist, BIA NIFC
    1:00-2:30:Benefiting landscapes via smart wildfire management: Dialog with participants on how wildland fire management policy is influencing how fire managers accomplish management objectives and the role of fire. Panel Discussion. Dave Koch, Training Specialist, BIA NIFC
    2:30-3:30:Implications of the OIG suppression Audit: Discuss the appropriate use of P.L. 93-638 contracts, agreements and the BIA’s establishment and implementation of appropriate policy. The presentation will also present the proposed templates and procedure for discussion/ improvements. Bob Roberts, Assistant Fire Director, BIA NIFC
    3:30-4:30:Incident Management team participation: Overview on evolution of Incident Management Team staffing and the importance for Indian country participation. Lyle Carlile, Fire Director - BIA NIFC

  • Monday Workshop 3 - Ecological Classification & Native Plant Communities in the Northwest
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    Instructors: ?
    Location: ?

    Native Plant Communities (NPC’s) can be determined from understory plant composition often using additional clues from trees, soils, landforms, and hydrology to provide a deeper understanding of the biotic and abiotic ecology of an area. The NPC can reveal characteristics of hydrology, soils, disturbance regimes, and the suitability of a given area or time to support the growth of certain tree species. NPC’s can help you determine, as a land manager or a forester, what is possible, what is historical, and what may be prudent both at the landscape level and at a site-specific level.

    This workshop will provide an introduction to NPC’s and answer questions like how and why a site can be classified, what NPC’s can and can’t teach us about the ecology of a given area, and how the information can be used to make land management decisions.

    The workshop will take place from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with a short indoor session in the morning and an outdoor session for the remainder of the day. Please wear appropriate clothes and shoes for the field. Lunch will be provided.

  • Monday Workshop 4 - Operations Tour – Mill, Museum, WUI
    Coordinator:     Malcolm Vollmer
    Instructors: John Katchia, Sr.
    Jefferson Greene
    Brad Donahue
    Location: Leave Kah-Nee-Ta Parking Lot at 8:00am and return at 5:00pm

    In 1967 The Confederated tribes purchased the Jefferson Plywood Mill and formed the Warm Springs Forest Products Industry. Due to changing wood markets the mill has changed over the years to match the economic climate. Currently Vanport Group leases the mill. The primary focus of Vanport is wood based items for house construction and home improvement.

    The mission of the Museum is to preserve, advance and share the knowledge of the cultural, traditional and artistic heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The Museum achieves this through educational exhibitions and programs that raise and inspire awareness of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and other indigenous tribes.

    The Sidwalter Fire Station was recently completely and will be the site to showcase some of the Warm Springs Fire Management projects in the wildland urban interface.