Other TSF Tribal Partnership Projects

The Sierra Fund is advancing, or seeking funds to advance, the following projects.

Offering Speaking Engagements by Visionary Leader Brian Wallace (Washoe/Nisenan)

The Sierra Fund Board Member, Brian Wallace (Washoe/Nisenan), is an inspiring and visionary presenter on indigenous societies’ assessments of biodiversity serving as a departure point for more bountiful collaboration and respectful learning across cultures. He has a powerful vision for centering indigenous knowledge and science in mainstream policy and management. He shares his perspectives for rebuilding a Sierra ecoregion that is more dignified and responsive to our living cultures, environment, and non-human living relations. Brian Wallace served as an elected official of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California from 1979-2006. His leadership was instrumental in the growth and strength of the Washoe Tribe, and indigenous communities more broadly. Brian’s vision for the indigenous future and wisdom is the inspiration for The Sierra Fund’s Tribal Partnership Program – and is an inspiring vision for us all. If you would like to request him as a keynote or panel speaker for your Sierra event, please reach out to jenny.michael[at]sierrafund.org, for more information, availability, and speaking fees (all speaking fees go directly to Brian).

Developing Respectful Informed Collaboration Guidance

The Sierra Fund heard from many tribal partners a growing concern about agencies, nonprofits, and other partners not understanding best practices for creating respectful informed tribal collaboration. Respectful informed collaboration with Tribes for The Sierra Fund means going beyond land acknowledgment, or checkbox style consultation, to create an active reciprocal and ongoing relationship. Working with a tribe is not the same as working with an agency, nonprofit, or corporation. We are seeking input from tribal partners to develop a guidance document for The Sierra Fund. We may offer this document or other tools for consideration to our other non-tribal partners, in the spirit of advancing thriving partnerships for all.

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Exploring a Cultural Resource Management Framework

The Sierra Fund has learned of multiple instances where tribes have had difficulties getting effective co-management agreements of their ancestral homelands on federal lands in the Sierra Nevada. We are fundraising now, and hope to create a cultural resource management framework with tribal partners modeled on other successful tribal agreements around the West. This framework could be offered by tribes, if desired, to federal land managers to explore creating co-management that tribes find more effective in restoring their ecological and cultural relationships with ancestral Sierra lands.

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