Biographies and Abstracts for the 2011 TEK Conference Speakers

Dr. Delphine Jackson

Modoc Elder Traditional Spiritual Invocation

Eric Quaempts

Has served as the Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s

(CTUIR) Department of Natural Resources (DNR) since 2004. Prior to that, Eric spent eight years as a Wildlife Biologist in the CTUIR DNR’s Wildlife Program, where he was responsible for wildlife management projects. Eric also has eight years of professional experience in the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Umatilla National Forest. While in the employ of the Forest Service, Eric was part of a career development program that included inter-disciplinary rotations in Forestry, Wildlife, Range, Reforestation, Fisheries, and Fire Management Programs on the Walla Walla Ranger District.

Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore

 Is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University.  She is best known for her award-winning books about our cultural and spiritual connection to the natural world -- Riverwalking, Holdfast, The Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. Along with Kurt Peters and Ted Jojola, she is the editor of How It Is: The Native American Philosophy of Viola Cordova. Her most recent book, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, is a call to honor our obligations to the future in a time of climate change. At OSU, she teaches environmental philosophy; for many years, she and Kurt Peters organized the Native American Philosophies course. Moore is the director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

Speaker’s Abstract

These times of unprecedented peril call us to turn away from failed individualistic and anthropocentric moral systems and search instead for a robust, resilient ethic based on the premise that the "individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts" (Aldo Leopold). This ethic will be deeply informed by an ecological understanding of the planet and the enduring wisdom of Native American concepts of respect, reciprocity, and gratitude

Charles Goodrich

 is the author of two collections of poetry, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, and Insects of South Corvallis, and a book of creative non-fiction, The Practice of Home. He’s also the co-editor (with Fred Swanson and Kathleen Dean Moore) of In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helen.  After a long career as a professional gardener, he now serves as Program Director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University. FMI:;


 is a full Professor in the Education Studies Department at the University of Oregon, and his scholarship draws primarily from his experience as a traditional bearer among the Southern Salish people and as an enrolled tribal member of the Skokomish Nation. A nationally renowned scholar, he specializes in the discipline of higher education with the focus on improving Native postsecondary access and achievement. Much of his published scholarship brings attention to the intersection of Native culture and educational attainment/achievement. He continues to engage in these research foci through scholarship that advances opportunities to incorporate Native culture and wisdom in the educational and professional development process. 

Speaker’s Abstract

This sessions covers the importance of respecting the
plant people and the gifts they offer to humanity.  Several plant gifts and
teachings of the plant people will be shared with the request that
participants be thankful in accepting the gifts and endeavor to sharing
these gifts with other people with no expectation of monetary reward.  The
foundations of respect are to be appreciative and generous rather than
manipulating and scheming to take things from the environment for personal

Dr. Daniela Shebitz

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Science at Kean University where she teaches courses such as Ecology, Applied Ecology, Medicinal Botany and Urban Ecology. She is also chairing an initiative to develop a Sustainability Science Major at Kean. Daniela is the co-Chair of the Institute of Urban Ecosystem Studies (IUES) and of the Sustainability Task Force at Kean University.

Speaker’s Abstract

This presentation focuses on the benefits of incorporating traditional ecological knowledge into the field of ecological restoration. Two case studies presented will focus on sweetgrass (Anthoxanthum nitens) in New York State among the Haudenosaunee Nation, and beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) in Washington State with the Quinault and Skokomish Nations. Both studies combine ethnobotanical, historical ecological, exploratory, and experimental studies to research the species’ population status, historic habitat distribution, and restoration potential. For the first case study, changes in the distribution of sweetgrass in the northeastern United States were evaluated and work was conducted on a Mohawk farm to restore this culturally-significant plant. Secondly, an historical ecology study documented the past existence of beargrass savannas on the southeastern Olympic Peninsula that owed its character to frequent anthropogenic burning prior to European settlement. Experimental studies in Skokomish and Quinault territories were taken to understand effects of high- and low-severity fire on beargrass seed germination, seedling establishment, flowering rates, vegetative reproduction, and growth. Results indicated that fire may be effectively used to manage beargrass on the southeastern Peninsula. This research can serve as examples for other ecologists interested in incorporating indigenous management into their work.

Cristina Eisenberg

 Is a Boone and Crockett Fellow and is completing her doctorate at Oregon State University in the College of Forestry. She studies how wolves affect ecosystems throughout the West. She is the author of "The Wolf's Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity," published in 2010 by Island Press, and is working on her second book, "The Carnivore Way: Continental Conservation in a Changing World," for the same publisher. She is the research director on the High Lonesome Ranch, a 192,000 acre Colorado ranch being managed for conservation. Her home is in Montana, in a log cabin located in a place where the wolf and grizzly bear population outnumbers the human population."
Speaker’s Abstract

"Minnow Stahkhoo" and would be a reading of an essay I wrote and which was published in a literary journal about the Blackfeet ancestral grounds and wolves--the powerful connections to this landscape wolves, native people, and scientists like me have. I have a very dear friend who is Blackfoot--Allison Hedge Coke, a poet and endowed professor at the University of Nebraska. Her family was from this area, and so she advised me when I wrote this essay two years ago and reviewed it for me. I could accompany this essay with photographs in a PowerPoint. It is the story of the wolves, the people, and mistakes we've made since the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield

 has been active in Indigenous issues for many years. Her interests include Traditional Ecological Knowledge, adaptation of Native Americans to mainstream culture, promoting Indigenous issues among the Deaf, Pow Wow dancing, writing, and contemporary Native American music. She is fluent in ASL, having graduated from the Interpreter Training Program at Western Oregon State College, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Native American studies and a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Oregon State University. She also holds a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Oregon State University. Her pioneering work in the field of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, specializing in documentation of traditional practices and the comparison of traditional Indigenous methods to Western scientific technique, has been considered groundbreaking research. Her writing style has been compared to that of Vine Deloria Jr., and Wilma Mankiller.
Dr. Chisholm Hatfield's current projects include writing a book on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and collaborating with 2009 Native American Music Artist of the year Jan Michael Looking Wolf on a CD of Native American music. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Matrilineally, Dr Chisholm Hatfield is from the Corn Tassel and Chisholm families; patrilineally, she is from the Tututni band.

Ken Carloni
After receiving a BS in Botany and Entomology and a MS in Evolutionary Ecology from the University of Connecticut, Ken earned his doctorate in Forest Ecology from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University (2005) where he modeled and documented the aboriginal fire management patterns in the Little River watershed in the southwestern Oregon Cascades. He has taught Principles of Biology, Microbiology, Genetics and Field Botany at Umpqua Community College since 1987.  Along with historical ecology, his current research interests focus on pollination ecology, conservation biology, restoration ecology, and carbon sequestration.  He lives with his wife, Jenny, on the North Umpqua River where he continues to be dazzled and humbled by the majesty and diversity of the 100 Valleys.

Dr. David A Perry, Professor (emeritus)                                                                                                                               Dept of Forest Ecosystems and Society Oregon State University. Thirty five years teaching and research in ecosystem dynamics and sustainable management; research emphasis on the functional role of diversity. Three years at the University of Hawaii, on a team creating a 6th grade science curriculum for Native Hawaiians. Current teaching: The Ecology of Sustainable Resource Management (web-course through OSU).

Speaker’s Abstract

Will discuss two crucial differences between traditional indigenous cultures and the dominant western culture, and one thing we all have in common but manage differently:

1.      Indigenous people and western scientists see the world differently. The differences are complementary and have much to offer one another.

2.      Indigenous people and westerners relate to the world differently, one a world of kinship and reverence (sacred utilitarians), the other purely materialistic and commodity-oriented, with humans distinct from and superior to the rest of nature. These are not complementary, and I argue the indigenous way is more likely to promote sustainability. 

3.      Beneath the cultural skin we are all subject to the same weakness and strengths. A primary role of culture is to filter these, emphasizing or discouraging depending on cultural views and goals. Indigenous and western cultures differ in their filters. But under certain conditions the filters break down and Pandora’s box is opened. One of those conditions is times of radical change, which are upon us.

Bodie Shaw

Deputy Regional Director, Trust Services Bureau of Indian Affairs

Dr. Frank Kanawha Lake

Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Orleans, California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California-Davis (1995) in Integrated Ecology and Culture with a minor in Native American Studies. In 2007 Frank completed his Ph. D. graduate degree from Oregon State University, Environmental Sciences Program. He is currently working for the US Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Research Station, Fire and Fuels Program, on tribal and community forestry and related natural resource issues. His research focuses on restoration ecology and traditional ecological knowledge related to tribal management and fire ecology of forest, grassland and riparian environments of the southern Pacific Northwest and northern California, with an emphasis on the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. His research interests include ethnobotany and fire management related to how fire affects culturally significant habitats or species. Another research interest is fire’s effects on fisheries and aquatic systems. Frank has worked as a fisheries habitat biologist in Southwest Oregon and in Northwestern California. He served as a fisheries biologist on DOI-BIA Burn Area Emergency Repair team in 1999 and as a USFS resource advisor working with tribes on wildfires in 2006 and 2008 in Northwestern California. He serves as a faculty member for the National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute (NAFRI) for the Rx 510 Advanced Fire Effects, and S-482 Advanced Fire Management Applications courses. Other activities have included being an ethno-ecologist and socio-cultural consultant for cultural and natural history, community forestry and forest certification projects. His other activities include: wood working/art; gathering wild foods, medicines, and materials; Permaculture, gardening; hunting; fishing; storytelling; and most of all, trying to be a good husband and father.

Dr. Fred Swanson

Specialty in Geomorphology                                                                                                                    Education Background B.S., 1966, Pennsylvania State University, University Park , Ph.D., 1972, University of Oregon, Eugene Research Interests: Erosion and other disturbances in forest and mountain stream environments. Current/Recent Programs: Ecosystem research at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Speaker’s Abstract

Re-storyation.  A century plus of a Euro-culture, intensive, technological/engineering approach to engagement with the natural world has simplified ecosystems and our views of our relationship with the world.  In order to bring a stronger, deeper sense of relationship with the land and stories to convey the nature and importance of that relationship, the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, the US Forest Service, and the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program have collaborated to form the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program.  The Reflections program facilitates the engagement of writers, philosophers, and others from the humanities with compelling landscapes, which are also places of long-term ecological research – Andrews Forest and Mount St Helens.  A wealth of stories is emerging.  Perspectives of native people in both form (storytelling craft) and content (e.g., relations with fire, salmon) are important parts of the effort to gather a body of stories of forests, rivers, and volcanic landscapes.

Esther Stutzman

Is a native Oregonian and traditional American Indian storyteller. She learned the stories from her grandmothers and she has been telling stories of the ancient ways for over fifty years.

       She is a descendant of the Headman, Camafeema, of the Komemma/Kalapuya people of the Yoncalla area and is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz.

       Esther works with Title VII Indian Education programs and Arts in Education Programs throughout the state of Oregon as a cultural resource specialist with children as well as with teacher in-service programs. She is the primary storyteller for the American Indian theatre group, Mother Earth’s Children, that has performed for school assemblies and a variety of events and conferences for the past 35 years.

       She has been a long-time presenter for the Oregon Chautauqua History Series and a recipient of Oregon Historical Society Folk Life awards. She also teaches workshops and American Indian music seminars for many regional and national music teachers’ associations. She is a frequent lecturer at universities and colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

      She has over 30 years experience as a cultural curriculum developer, writer and historical researcher and uses this experience to promote culturally-correct teachings in schools.


Dr. Megan Walsh

I am a biogeographer and paleoecologist interested in the late Quaternary environments of western North America and Central America. I use high-resolution macroscopic charcoal and pollen analysis to reconstruct past fire and vegetation changes and to evaluate their relationship to natural processes and human activity. I work with sediment cores from lakes and wetlands, and I have done field work in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and most recently Belize. My dissertation research focused on reconstructing the Holocene environmental history of the Willamette Valley of Oregon and Washington. More specifically, I looked at the influence of both natural and anthropogenic factors on past shifts in fire frequency and vegetation distribution. This research has led to a better understanding of climate-driven vegetation change over the last 14,000 years, the role Native Americans played in creating and maintaining the pre-historic oak savanna and prairie ecosystems of the valley, and the magnitude of change seen since the arrival of Euro-Americans in the mid-1800s. For my postdoctoral research, I reconstructed the paleoenvironmental history of southern Belize based on sediment cores from mangrove and freshwater lagoons in the Toledo District. The goal of this research was to gain a more complete understanding of human-environment interactions (especially the use of fire) in the Maya civilization of southern Belize.  My current fire-history research includes projects in the ponderosa pine forest of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area (north-central Washington), the subalpine meadows of Mt. Rainier National Park, and low-elevation ecosystems on the west side of the Cascades (Seattle area)

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Dr. Charles Goodrich:

BIO: Charles Goodrich is the author of two collections of poetry, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, and Insects of South Corvallis, and a book of creative non-fiction, The Practice of Home. He’s also the co-editor (with Fred Swanson and Kathleen Dean Moore) of In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helen.  After a long career as a professional gardener, he now serves as Program Director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University. FMI:;

Renee Roman Nose

Bio: Renee Roman Nose is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and
Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma, and a 2010 graduate of OSU. Her major was
applied anthropology, focusing on Native Americans past and present,
and her minors were art and ethnic studies. She is an activist and an
international speaker on Native issues, as well as an actor, poet,
writer, and comedian.

Speaker's Abstract:
The time has come to utilize the traditional ecological
knowledge that is in our communities for the betterment of our world.
By incorporating TEK in our classrooms and our lives we will improve
not only our communities, but also our selves and our world.
Sustainability and traditional ecological knowledge are intertwined,
just as they have been since time immemorial.


Dr. Deanna Kingston

Topically, I am interested in folklore, oral traditions, ethnohistory, symbolic anthropology, and visual anthropology. Geographically, I concentrate on Native Peoples of North America and more specifically on the King Island Inupiat. In my research, I feel strongly that the King Islanders, and other indigenous peoples, have a say, not only in the research I conduct, but also in how it is accessed, used, and published. If and when I have the opportunity to work with other Native American groups, I want them to understand that I am a tool available to help them in what they want to do, and am not there to dictate the course of research.

Dr. Kim Nelson

S. Kim Nelson is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.  The current focus of her research is on the ecology and habitat associations of seabirds, specifically using modeling and habitat data as key elements in the conservation and management of species and their ecosystems.  She has studied the nest-site characteristics, stand and landscape associations, abundance, and nesting behavior of forest birds and seabirds of the Pacific, including Marbled Murrelets, Long-billed Murrelets, Caspian Terns, and a variety of species in forests of the Pacific Northwest and at mixed seabird colonies in the Bering Sea.  Originally from Colorado, she moved to Oregon in the mid 1970s because of her love of the ocean, forests, and mountains.  She spends her free time birdwatching, gardening, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors.

At King Island, Cape Woolley and Nome, Kim worked with the King Island elders to document the traditional knowledge, including placenames, stories, and subsistence activities, related to birds and marine mammals for future generations of Ugiuvangmiut.

Dr. Jesse Ford

M.S. Jesse Ford is of Dutch and English descent. She found herself born and
raised until the age of 10 in the concrete canyons of New York City. How this could have happened, she often asked herself. To try and rectify this
situation she turned to the place that seemed to hold some future for her:
academics. She majored in biology at Swarthmore College (PA), and then did
the briefest possible stint at Yale for an MS in Biology (Ecology Section)
before moving with the rest of the grad students in the lab of her major
advisor, Dr. Margaret Davis, to the University of Minnesota. She finished
her PhD in Ecology and Behavioral Biology in 1984 under Dr. Eville Gorham.
Much of Jesse's research has focused on the role of long-range atmospheric
contaminants in Arctic ecosystems, particularly in Alaska. Working in Alaska
on an issue so closely related to subsistence concerns led naturally to
conversations with local indigenous people, communities, and institutions
who are deeply concerned with the matter of contaminants in local food webs.
Thus began two decades of exploration and education about indigenous issues
and perspectives. She has had the privilege of having had many teachers, and
in the spirit of reciprocity currently teaches both the on-line version of FW340 and on campus class: Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources.

Gail Woodside is an OSU Graduate who is a Large Landscape Restoration and Traditional Ecological/Environmental Ecologist with the Department of Rangeland Management and Ecology. She worked on a thesis for elk behavior and movement under lunar phases.  She has been the recipient of many awards while at Oregon State University including but not limited to: Advanced Pipeline Diversity Graduate Fellowship; Iron Man Scholarship, Altrusa Award, Alumni Scholarship, and was nominated Oregon Woman of the Year in 2008.  She has worked in Indian Education since 1986 as well as served on the White House Committee on Indian Education under President George H.W. Bush (State of California) and assisted elder Elaine Dempsey on the Native American Heritage Commission in California.  She has served with the California Indian Education Association, and the Washington State Indian Education Consortium.  She has been president of both the Native American Student Association and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society at OSU.  She was an adviser at the Native American Longhouse, and also part of the new Longhouse Building Committee.  

Dr. Kurt Peters

 (Blackfeet/Powhatan) earned his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the California State University Sacramento, and UC Berkeley. His research focuses primarily on the twentieth century Native American experience and Native American wage labor. He is professor of Native American and Comparative Ethnic Studies in the Ethnic Studies Department at Oregon State University, and is the director of the Native American Collaborative Institute and a member of the executive committee of the Sustainable Rural Communities Initiative. He has recently published with A. Terry Straus of the University of Chicago a volume titled Visions and Voices: American Indian Activism and the Civil Rights Movement.

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