Seven Heritage students and ten students from Mt. Adams High School in White Swan are traveling across eastern Washington and Oregon on a 14-day academic field experience. The course, People of the Big River connects the scholars with tribal elders, scientists, and natural resource managers for a unique study that blends Western science with traditional ecosystem knowledge.
This project, in partnership with the Yakama Nation Department of Natural Resources (YNDNR), USFS, the Tribal Solid Waste Advisory Network (TSWAN), the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), and Heritage's Center for Native Health and Culture, is taking students to the following land sites:
- Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, WA
- Columbia River (petroglyphs, Celilo Falls), WA-OR
- Warm Springs Indian Reservation, OR
- Deschutes National Forest, OR
- John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (Painted Hills Unit), OR
- Nez Perce Indian Reservation, ID/Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
- Umatilla Indian Reservation, OR
- Stonerose Eocene Fossil Site, Republic, WA
- Colville Reservation, WA
- Dry Falls, WA
- Spokane Indian Reservation, WA
Follow these students and their work as they blog about their experiences and observations.
The students and faculty involved in the 2013 People of the Big River Field Class would like to dedicate this year's event in memory of Elmer Crow, Jr.