October 18th, 2023

Celebrate Indigenous Leadership

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Wednesday October 18th, 2023 • 5:30pm | The Redd on Salmon Street | Portland, Oregon

The Indigenous Leadership Awards is a celebration of the determination, wisdom, and continuum of Indigenous leadership across the region. The 2023 award ceremony took place on October 18 at the Redd on Salmon Street.


Bobbie Conner, Emcee

(Cayuse/Nez Perce) Director of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 2007 Indigenous Leadership Awardee, and Ecotrust Board Member

Ronda Rutledge, Speaker

(Cherokee) Ecotrust Executive Director and Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) Board Member


Sgaahl Siid Xyáahl Jaad
(Marina Anderson)

Haida/Lingít | Director, Sustainable Southeast Partnership | Alaska

An emerging leader who is being honored for her dedication to Lingít culture and her leadership to uplift southeast Alaska Native communities and protect the Tongass rainforest.
Read: Sgaahl Siid Xyáahl Jaad, Marina Anderson (Haida/Lingít), Director of Sustainable Southeast Partnership

(Louise Brady)

Lingít | Herring Protectors | Alaska

In recognition of her collaborative efforts to protect Pacific herring through Herring Protectors and Herring Rock Water Protectors, which supports Indigenous harvesters, promotes Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the connection to traditional Tlingit ceremony in southeast Alaska. 
Kh’asheechtlaa, Louise Brady (Lingít), Herring Protectors

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Haida | Attorney, author, activist, artist, and musician | British Columbia

Honored for her abiding commitment to the perpetuation of Haida culture, language, and music and for her influential and substantial impact across Canada in the realm of Indigenous law. Read: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Haida

Alyssa Macy

Wasco/Navajo/Hopi | CEO, Washington Conservation Action | Washington

In recognition of her efforts to build strong relationships between Washington Conservation Action and Indigenous communities, her advocacy for salmon protection, and as a leader in Washington state’s environmental community. Read: Alyssa Macy, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Frances G. Charles

Lower Elwha | Lower Elwha K’lallam Tribe Chairwoman | Washington

Honored for her outstanding leadership to remove two dams on the Elwha River and restore the Tribe’s connection to the riverscape and salmon and for her generosity as a mentor and role model to Indigenous women. Read: Frances Charles, Chair, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Youth Leadership Council


A 21-member group in grades 6 to 12, along with 5 mentors and the council advisor, will be recognized as emerging leaders for their local community engagement, salmon protection petition and regional campaign, and COVID response. The youth leaders and mentors are

  • Top row, left to right: Weptas Brockie, Addison Carey, Sydney Carey
  • Second row, left to right: Eagle Edmiston, Miracle Edmiston, Penelope Gavin-Harvey, Anthony Greene, Diamond Greene
  • Third row, left to right: Ava Jackson, Muriel Jones-Hoisington, Brooklyn Jones, Malaeloa Malumaleumu, Garian McDonald, Meadow Morris
  • Fourth row, left to right: Madison Munoz, Hiyuum Nowland, Latis Nowland, Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky, Dymond Say, Abraham Shippentower
  • Fifth row: Keyen Singer, Julie Taylor (council advisor), Sunhawk Thomas, Nizhoni Toledo, Brees Van Pelt
  • Sixth row: Kymani Van Pelt, Summer Wildbill

Gabe Sheoships

Cayuse/Walla Walla | Executive Director, Friends of Tryon Creek | Oregon

An emerging leader who will be honored for his efforts to decolonize environmental education, re-Indigenize landscapes, and advocate for Indigenous-led stewardship and First Foods protection. Read: Gabe Sheoships (Cayuse/walla Walla), Executive Director Of Friends Of Tryon Creek

Corine Pearce

Pomo | Master Artist in Basketry | Northern California

In celebration of her determined efforts to revive the basketweaving traditions of the Pomo people and for her community role as a knowledge holder, culture bearer, and land steward. Read: Corinne Pearce, Master Weaver, Pomo

Food & Drink

Enjoy dinner and drinks in the Redd Plaza featuring salmon harvested by Indigenous fishers of the Columbia River, seasonal bites, and beverages from a converted airstream.

Salmon was provided and expertly prepared by the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. Photo credit: Ecotrust

Tin Cantina, a Native-owned traveling bar service served out of a vintage Airstream, provided a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Photo credit: @ivory.and.oak

This event proudly featured:

Arden Event Collective logo

Arden Event Collective

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission logo

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Salmon provided & expertly prepared

Hunt & Gather Catering logo

Hunt & Gather Catering

Nossa Familia Coffee logo

Nossa Familia Coffee

Really Big Video logo

Really Big Video

Sakari Farms logo

Sakari Farms

Tin Cantina

Event Program


Redd East is our landmark event venue in the Central Eastside.

We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, and offer accessible facilities, individual bathroom stalls, and handwashing stations. We also ask that attendees use their best judgment to keep the community safe, and kindly request that those experiencing symptoms of COVID or other illnesses refrain from attending.

The Redd on Salmon Street


831 SE Salmon Street
Portland, Oregon 97214

Free street parking is available


Check back for next year’s event

Thank you to all who attended or had a hand in helping us create a successful Indigenous Leadership Awards event. We hope you’ll join us for next year’s event!

Have questions about past or future Indigenous Leadership Awards events? We want to hear from you!