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PAGE 225 V. NATIVE CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES / CONTRIBUTORS’ BIOGRAPHIES Jamie Bown earned her bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from The Evergreen State College (with emphases in Native American and World Indigenous Peoples’ Studies and ecological informatics), after earning her associate of technical arts in database management degree at South Puget Sound Community College. Her research interests include treaty and Indigenous rights, government and tribal relations, adaptive natural resource management and environmental policies, climate change, and the restoration of the Elwha River. Originally from Southern California, she lives in the Olympia area with her three sons: Joshua, Isaiah, and Josiah. Bradford Burnham earned a bachelor’s degree at Connecticut College, a master’s degree in biology at City College of New York, and a master’s in public administration from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has taught at a community college and worked at museums, nature centers, and aquariums. He has also written science books for children. William Charlie,Jr.,“Chaquawet” has been vice president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs since 2009. He is the elected chief and appointed CEO of the Chehalis (Sts’ailes) Indian band on the banks of the Harrison River, about 100 km east of Vancouver. Growing up in the close-knit Coast Salish village of Sts’ailes, William was able to grasp and utilize the cultural teachings of his people. Many communities and organizations throughout the Fraser Valley call on William to be a voice for special ceremonies, gatherings, or meetings, and he is a much sought-after lecturer and consultant. He has been a band staff member and an elected council member for many years. He was instrumental in restructuring the band leadership as a director/management team structure. Chaquawet is presently the chairperson for a group of independent leaders who oversee the operation of the Kwikwexwelhp Healing Village. He also sits on two B.C. First Nations Chiefs CONTRIBUTORS’ BIOGRAPHIES Jeannette Armstrong, a member of the Okanagan Syilx Nation, is an author and artist and executive director of the En’owkin Centre (the culture, language, and arts education institution of the Okanagan Nation), as well as an assistant professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia–Okanagan. She is also a member of the National Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge subcommittee of the Committee On the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and has received a number of honorary doctorates and awards, including EcoTrust USA’s Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership. She has an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics and Syilx Indigenous Literatures from the University of Griefswald, Germany. Laural Ballew is a member of the Swinomish Tribe in La Conner, Washington, and has lived on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham , Washington, for more than thirty-five years. Her professional experience has been in finance and management. She is currently employed by Northwest Indian College in the position of comptroller. She received her associate of arts and science degree in business administration from Northwest Indian College in 2000. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2002 with a bachelor of arts degree in American cultural studies. In 2006 she graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with a master’s in public administration–tribal governance degree. She is active on several committees with the Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College, and the Ferndale school district. PAGE 226 ASSERTING NATIVE RESILIENCE: PACIFIC RIM INDIGENOUS NATIONS FACE THE CLIMATE CRISIS Madison and taught at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in 2002–05. His doctoral dissertation studied “Unlikely Alliances: Treaty Conflicts and Environmental Cooperation between Native American and Rural White Communities.” He was a co-founder of the Midwest Treaty Network during the Wisconsin Ojibwe spearfishing conflict and later helped bring together Native nations with their former adversaries in sport fishing groups to protect the fish from metallic mining projects. Preston Hardison is a watershed policy analyst for the Tulalip Tribes in Marysville, Washington, and has coordinated the Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan, programmed databases for the Cultural Stories Project, developed data policy, and supported natural resources negotiations. Since 1996, he has helped negotiate terms in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) relating to Indigenous knowledge and has provided expert testimony to the World Intellectual Property Organization. He serves on several international biodiversity information network committees and promotes the development of information exchange standards and protocols. Greg Mahle is an enrolled member of the Upper Skagit Indian Community, located near Sedro-Woolley, Washington . In 2005 he...


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