Climate Change and the Tribes, The Impacts, The Responses

January 11, 2022 - 7:00 pm


Climate Change and the Tribes. The Impacts, The Responses
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

It is a great honor for the Climate Reality Project Thurston County Chapter to welcome Willie Frank III, Chairman of Nisqually Tribe, and David Troutt, Tribes Natural Resource Director. Q and A to follow. Moderated by Steve Robinson

About the moderator (pictured on left)

Steve Robinson is a member of the Climate Reality Project, Thurston County since 2018. He’s the owner of an Olympia-based public relations company which specializes in serving Native American Tribes. He was Public Affairs Manager and Policy Analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for 26 years, working closely with the late, great Billy Frank, Jr. Steve also worked in corporate public affairs, served as Chief of Public Information and Public Affairs Director for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Steve serves as the Vice President on the board of Directors for the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. He is also a board member of Washington Wild. Steve is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has been active with numerous other committees and organizations, including the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the National Congress of American Indians. He has received numerous awards for journalism and citizenship, ranging from two Emmy Awards for film production to the George Washington Medal of Honor.

About the speakers (Willie Frank III pictured center, David Trout on right)

Willie Frank III is a Nisqually Tribal member. Willie has been on Tribal Council since 2009 and was recently elected for a 3rd term. Willie graduated from Evergreen State College in 2007 with his B.A. in Native Studies. Willie was elected to Tribal Council at the age of 27 and was one of the youngest elected to Nisqually Tribal Council currently serving as Chair. Willie loves working for his people and carrying on his father’s work and message. Both of Willie’s parents worked in strong leadership roles. His mother Susan Crystal served under Governor Lowry and Governor Locke as one of the top Health Care Advisors. His mother passed away in 2001. His father Billy Frank Jr spent his whole life working towards protecting Tribal Treaty Fishing Rights. His father passed away in 2014. Willie continues his father’s message but also knows he has to pave his own way. Willie believes in working together for the habitat and environment.

David Troutt has served as the natural resources director for the Nisqually Indian Tribe since 1987. He has been the chair of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council since 2012 and has served on the Puget Sound Partnership’s Ecosystem Coordination Board since 2007. David also serves as chair of the Nisqually River Council and president of the Nisqually River Foundation. In his role as the natural resources director for the Nisqually Indian Tribe, he heads a diverse department focused on salmon, shellfish, wildlife, and the environment in general. Throughout his career at the Nisqually Indian Tribe, he worked closely with the late Billy Frank Jr., the tireless advocate for tribal treaty rights and environmental stewardship. David received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington School of Fisheries, and he lives in Steilacoom with his wife and his sons. David is a passionate advocate for salmon recovery and gives his heart to the work of protecting and restoring Puget Sound.

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