Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman Brian Cladoosby will be honored in November for his history of tribal leadership.
Ecotrust will award $25,000 and the 2012 Indigenous Leadership Award to Cladoosby for his work with the Coast Salish Tribes and his growing work as a national Native leader. The celebration will be held in November at the Portland Art Museum.
Four others from around the country, representing different Native American tribes, will receive $5,000 at the ceremony.
Gov. Christine Gregoire of Cladoosby stated the following in a press release: “After knowing Chairman Cladoosby for many years, it is an honor to call him a friend and true partner. I have had the pleasure to work alongside him to restore our oceans and rivers, and to honor native heritage. It’s not easy to work on issues of great controversy. Chairman Cladoosby takes these issues on one after another, and his perseverance has helped make Washington and our nation a better place for people and for salmon.”
Ecotrust is a Portland-based conservation organization that works to foster resilient communities and ecosystems.