History of ICLS & the Native Lands & Wilderness Council
Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas
Through the collaboration and shared leadership of The WILD Foundation and the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the Native Lands & Wilderness Council (NLWC) was born in 2004. Since then, the NLWC has worked to build bridges, supporting Indigenous land stewards to exchange knowledge and connecting the biocultural knowledge and wisdom of the world’s Indigenous peoples with “mainstream” conservation, bringing this essential knowledge to the tables where decisions are being made that affect all life.
Through meetings in 2005 and 2009, the Native Lands & Wilderness Council developed a clear mandate (The Mandate from Merida) that The WILD Foundation agreed to steward—at the request of the Council—with the understanding that these goals and objectives require alliances between both Indigenous peoples and organizations and their allies. WILD provided program development and management support, while the vision and mission of the Council has been driven by the Council members. Alongside this development, WILD has continued to support Indigenous peoples through field projects, collaborations, fiscal sponsorships and other means.
One of WILD’s strengths as an organization is to provide support and incubation for projects during launch and early years. After eight years, the NLWC went forward as a Native-led initiative. In 2012, it was decided that the Council would come under the leadership of our CSKT partners. Meanwhile, WILD would continue to support the advancement of the Council, actively participating in the transition to Native leadership while continuing as a collaborative partner, and further evolve our work in support of Indigenous and traditional peoples with the advent of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas (ICLS) Program. ICLS was thus launched in 2012.
Native Lands & Wilderness Council Team
NLWC Co-Director, Julie Cajune (CSKT) is the Executive Director of the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research at Salish Kootenai College. The Center is currently involved in documenting community histories of American Indian people and nations locally and across the country. Julie is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
NLWC Co-Director, Terry Tanner (CSKT) has served his tribal community protecting cultural and environmental resources. After serving the Salish and Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee for a number of years, Terry began working for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Natural Resource Department. He is responsible for caring for the Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness and other tribal lands used culturally and recreationally.