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Learn more about our work and the importance of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in restoring our ecological resilience.

Ours is a collaborative process, and we are engaged with numerous organizations and partner agencies. We invite you explore these links to better understand the work and the efforts of the partner Tribes and our supporters.

How Climate Change Threatens Coastal Archeological SitesThis article from NPR looks at the effects of climate change on historic coastal areas, such as cliff erosion that impacts archaeological sites of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. Tribal preservationists struggle with a complex dilemma; balancing the desire to preserve and respect cultural history by leaving the site undisturbed and the vested interest in taking steps to alter the area in hopes of mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Indigenous Land and Sea RangersThrough the Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program, the Queensland Government partners with First Nations communities to care for land and sea country, provide jobs and training, and engage future generations. The program provides grants to employ more than 150 Indigenous rangers across 37 regional and remote communities. The program provides training, networking, and partnership support for ranger groups working to conserve Queensland’s important ecosystems and cultural heritage.Like-Minded Organizations
KCET Tending Nature – Protecting the Coast with the Tolowa Dee-ni’This video features a visit to the Smith River near the Oregon border to discover how the Tolowa Dee-ni’ are reviving traditional harvesting of shellfish such as mussels, and in the process, working with state agencies to monitor toxicity levels and redefine the human role in managing marine protected areas.Education
MPA Collaborative Network – Humboldt/Del Norte Tribal TraditionsThis video from the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation explores to Tribal traditions in the Humboldt / Del Norte region and the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Marine Protected Areas.Education
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Lhvmsr Habitat Assessment: Establishing Baseline Data for Spawning Runs of Surf SmeltThis report assesses six years of spatial surf smelt habitat data collected by Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, and evaluates a range of other data sources in order to compensate for the current “data gap” that exists for both this species and the greater North Coast region.
Ocean Protection Council Tribal Marine Stewards Network Pilot ProgramThis document outlines the creation of the pilot program the Tribal Marine Stewards Network. It includes the recommendation by the Ocean Protection Council for the formation of the Network and provides background information that led to the Network's formation and outlines pilot program goals and tasks.Education
Stewards of the Wild Sea-North Coast Tribal Leadership Protecting Our Ocean WildernessThis film is one in a series about the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative in California. It features the north coast region of California, which joined the full network of marine protected areas (MPAs) as part of the Marine Life Protection (MLPA) Initiative.
Civil Eats – A Native Community Preserves its Food TraditionsThis article from Civil Eats highlights members of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation that are keeping traditional foodways alive in the face of climate change and human impact.Education
Collaborative Historical Ecology: A Case Study of Academic, Tribal, and Federal Agency Research and Management at an Endangered Archaeological Village Site on the North Coast of CaliforniaThis webinar was presented as part of the National Park Service's ArcheoThursday Topics in Archeology Webinar series. It looks at a collaboration of Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and several partners engage in a multi-year effort to better manage and document cultural resources threatened by impacts including coastal erosion, looting, illegal camping, and high visitation.Education
Coast FundsCoast Funds was created in 2007 out of mutual recognition by conservationists, First Nations, industry, and government that a sustainable economy is vital to conservation efforts in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii areas of British Columbia. First Nations exercise their inherent rights to self-determination, ensuring healthy and thriving communities and ecosystems. Coast Funds partners with First Nations to achieve goals for conservation, stewardship, and economic development.Like-Minded Organizations
Power in Nature – Spotlight on our Marine Protected AreaLocated just south of the California/Oregon border in Del Norte County, Tr’uu-luu-k’wvt (Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area) is California’s northernmost marine protected area. Marine-protected areas like this one are important to protect biodiversity along the California coast.Education
EcoTrust- West Coast Tribes taking lead on marine planningThis article first appeared in National Geographic’s Ocean Views blog. It highlights the efforts of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation to operate as caretakers of the ocean and coast, including Marine Protected Area Monitoring, developing Traditional Knowledge to Data Standards, and a partnerships with other Tribes and organizations.

Schmidt Family Foundation – 11th Hour ProjectThe Schmidt Family Foundation works to restore a balanced relationship between people and planet. They partner with communities around the world in working for renewable energy, resilient food systems, healthy oceans and the protection of human rights. The 11th Hour Project supports qualified 501(c)(3) organizations and social enterprises through grantmaking, impact investing and complementary resources, such as network-building, convening and strategic communications.Foundations, Supporters
Marine Stewardship CatalystTHIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

The Marine Research and Stewardship Catalyst will work to support a research and monitoring approach that relies on Indigenous science and traditional knowledge and is led and carried out by the TMSN.

We have identified a need for a GIS Catalyst position to play a central role in (1) expanding technical capacity programs that meet tribal goals and align with Indigenous stewardship practices and (2) exploring complex issues regarding how to design management regimes that support collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives.
Coastal and Ocean Stewardship Program ManagerTHIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

The Coastal and Ocean Stewardship Program Manager will design and conduct research and monitoring activities at selected sites to better understand changing coastal and ocean environments. They will collaborate with other Tribes to collect and analyze data, and work closely with Tribal partners and research institutions to gather knowledge about Indigenous land restoration and stewardship practices. Additionally, the Program Manager will be responsible for training Amah Mutsun youth and young adults in all facets of this program so they can restore and steward these environments and can become coastal and ocean science leaders themselves.
Sustainable Future Strategy Meeting – BriefSession Purpose: Gather together to co-create a shared vision of a self-sustaining Tribal Marine Stewards Network (TMSN) and understand what we can each commit to do in support of this vision.Meeting Materials
Sustainable Future Strategy Meeting – Participant AgendaMeeting Materials
Cal Poly HumboldtCal Poly Humboldt is located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the town of Arcata, which is recognized as one of the West's best college towns. Cal Poly Humboldt was the first CSU campus to offer a baccalaureate degree in Native American Studies (NAS). It remains the only program of its kind in the CSU, and NAS continues to develop as a stand-alone department, with active input from Tribes.
Universities and Research Partners
California Ocean Protection CouncilThe Ocean Protection Council (OPC) works to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. The OPC is committed to basing its decisions and actions on the best available science, and to promoting the use of science among all entities involved in the management of ocean resources.Partner Agencies
California Department of Fish and WildlifeThe mission of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is to manages California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. CDFW recognizes that many of its proposed activities may significantly impact the interests of California Native American tribes, and is committed to working with tribes on fish, wildlife, and plant issues.

Partner Agencies
California Fish and Game CommissionThe California Fish and Game Commission was the first wildlife conservation agency in the United States and was established to provide for the restoration and preservation of fish in California waters. The Legislature has delegated to the Fish and Game Commission a variety of powers, some general in nature and some very specific. These powers are delegated within California Statutes that comprise the Fish and Game Code.Partner Agencies
California Department of Parks and RecreationThe mission of the California Department of Parks and Recreation is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.Partner Agencies
California Department of Public HealthThe California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public's health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department's programs and services are implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners.Partner Agencies
Resources Legacy FundResources Legacy Fund believes strategic philanthropy, thoughtful partnerships, and equitable program and project design are essential to accelerating change on the urgent environmental and social challenges we face. To secure a just and resilient world for people and nature, Resources Legacy Fund builds alliances that advance bold solutions.Foundations, Supporters
Pew Charitable TrustsEstablished in 1948, The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. The Pew Charitable Trusts is a global nongovernmental organization that seeks to improve public policy, inform the public, and invigorate civic life.Foundations, Supporters
The David and Lucile Packard FoundationThe David and Lucile Packard Foundation believes in a just and equitable world where both people and nature flourish. The Foundation works with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world.Foundations, Supporters
California Natural Resources AgencyThe California Natural Resources Agency oversees and supports more than 26 distinct departments, conservancies, and commissions. The Agency Executive Team leads efforts to steward California’s natural environment.Partner Agencies
UC-San Diego, Scripps Institute of OceanographyScripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is one of the most important centers for global earth science research and education in the world. Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet by investigating our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps leads research in climate change impacts and adaptation, resilience to hazards, conservation and biodiversity, oceans and human health, national security, and innovative technology to observe the planet.

Universities and Research Partners
Tribal Intertidal Digital Ecological Surveys (TIDES)TIDES is a partnership between the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation & Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The TIDES approach uses a relatively low-cost and easily transferrable methodology designed to engage communities directly in the research and management of their coastal areas. The TIDES project combines the traditional knowledge of our longest-standing land and sea stewards, together with cutting edge imaging techniques to achieve the best possible conservation outcomes in the face of climate change.
Supporters, Universities and Research Partners
Greater Farallones AssociationThe Greater Farallones Association conserves the wildlife and habitats of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary through scientific research, environmental education, and community-based conservation. They engage over 14,000 adults and youth a year in ocean conservation, collect critical data and research on globally-significant wildlife in the Sanctuary, restore vital habitats, and help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change through nature-based solutions.Universities and Research Partners
UC-DavisUC Davis is a global leader in sustainability and climate change research. The UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute's Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) is a leading research and education facility at the forefront of national marine laboratories in providing science that serves society and informs solutions to complex environmental challenges. Universities and Research Partners
EcotrustEcotrust collaborates with local communities to devise a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems, while also ensuring economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Ecotrust invests in fisheries networks and local organizations that actively pursue innovation in the stewardship of fisheries, marine ecosystems and watersheds.Supporters
California Indian Environmental AllianceCalifornia Indian Environmental Alliance's (CIEA) constituencies are California Tribes and Tribal members of California Indian Tribal Nations, and encourages policies and actions respectful of Tribal sovereignty and Tribal self-advocacy. CIEA's work focuses on future generations, including those most at risk from toxins: pregnant women, their fetuses, and young children. CIEA's strategy integrates watershed and regional approaches, and is respectful of the knowledge and lifestyles of Indigenous People.Supporters
Indigenous Sentinels NetworkThe goal of the Indigenous Sentinels Network is to provide remote Indigenous communities with tools, training, networking and convening, coordination, and capacity for ecological, environmental, and climate monitoring. They have developed an international network of experts, Tribes, First Nations, state/federal/territorial government agencies, and NGO’s across Alaska and western Canada.Like-Minded Organizations
Coastal Guardian WatchmenAcross the North Pacific Coast, Guardians have come together to form the Coastal Guardian Watchmen—a regional group that works collaboratively to steward this entire coastal region. Coastal Guardian Watchmen play a critical role in all aspects of stewardship for Coastal First Nations—ensuring resources are sustainably managed, that rules and regulations are followed, and that land and marine-use agreements are implemented effectively.
Like-Minded Organizations