2019 Winners are Jeremy Spoon (Portland State University & The Mountain Institute), Richard Arnold (Pahrump Paiute Tribe), and Collaborators
Revitalizing Numic Homelands: Blending Culture and Collaboration in the Great Basin and Upper Mojave Deserts
Since 2008, Jeremy Spoon, Richard Arnold, and other key collaborators have worked closely with 16 Nuwu (Southern Paiute), Newe (Western Shoshone), and Numu (Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone), tribes and several federal agencies to understand, sustain, and revitalize cultural ties to their aboriginal lands. Numic homelands are considered alive and a personified relative. Indigenous collaborators share that the Creator placed humans on the land at the beginning of time when the world was new. We are charged with managing all elements within the landscape to keep it healthy and maintain a state of balance for future generations.
The collaboration shapes a unique understanding of the land using a progressive consultation framework that incorporates co-managing resources and developing co-created public education. These efforts evolved into a model that integrates tribal understanding through consensus and builds trust and multi-disciplinary capacity. The diverse panel will share perspectives reflecting on Indigenous, federal agency, public, and academic involvement.