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Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council named in top 25 innovations in government

“These Top 25 innovations in government offer real, tangible ways to protect our most disadvantaged citizens, educate the next-generation workforce, and utilize data analytics to enhance government performance,”

Waterhouse_canoeLast week, our partners at the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) were named one of the top 25 innovations in government by Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

These government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, federal, and tribal governments and address a host of policy issues including crime prevention, economic development, environmental and community revitalization, employment, education, and health care.  “These Top 25 innovations in government offer real, tangible ways to protect our most disadvantaged citizens, educate the next-generation workforce, and utilize data analytics to enhance government performance,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government program at the Ash Center. “Despite diminishing resources, these government programs have developed model innovations that other struggling agencies should be inspired to replicate and adapt to their own communities.”
The  Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC)  was recognized for its work towards environmental revitalization and its international governance model to protect the Yukon River and ensure its water is drinkable for generations to come.

Jon Waterhouse (S’Klallam, Chippewa, Cree), Executive Director of Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC), was honored as a 2012 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award finalist for his tireless dedication to the restoration and preservation of the Yukon River Watershed. Jon’s work serves as a model for indigenous peoples around the world, as they attempt to restore, protect and preserve their watersheds, while using traditional knowledge as a foundation for achieving their goals.

This summer, Ecotrust will be working with Jon and the YRITWC to support the Council’s water policy work in the Yukon as well as in the Copper River Basins.

The Innovations in American Government Awards was created by the Ford Foundation in 1985 to shine a light on effective government programs. Since its inception, over 400 government innovations across all jurisdiction levels have been recognized and have collectively received more than $22 million in grants to support dissemination efforts. Such models of good governance also inform research and academic study. The Center also recently announced 13 programs as Bright Ideas, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program.