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Social Sustainability Colloquium
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:00pm

Fridays, 2-4 p.m.
ASRC (Rec Center Building), Room 650 (New Room)
1800 SW 6th Avenue
Free and open to the public

Friday - Feb 27, 2-4pm

Inter-Tribal Gathering Gardens: Lessons in Organizational and Ecocultural Sustainability

“The opportunity is about reclaiming the relationships that have . . . been interrupted.” Judy Bluehorse Skelton

 Join us to meet the Core team members of the Inter-Tribal Gathering Gardens (ITGG). These gardens are being built on a former industrial landfill/brownfield that originally was a sand and gravel pit. This fledgling organization was created to help serve a growing desire from the urban Native Community to have access to spaces for cultivation and harvesting of culturally significant plants.  They will share background of ITGG’s formation, especially the impetus of needing an entity to help facilitate co-management of the Inter-Tribal Tribal Gathering Garden at Cully Park. The team will share lessons and challenges faced in working collaboratively with numerous partners on complex issues with bare minimum funding.  Spoiler alert: it is not sustainable. 


Additionally, insights will be offered on the relational philosophy guiding ITGG's efforts, and stories will be shared of the literal and figurative seeds being laid for the renewal of indigenous land-management practices in the greater Portland metro area.  You can learn of ways to get involved.  Time will be allowed for questions and to seek input from the knowledge and wisdom of those in attendance to help inform how ITGG can best realize its vision of intimate, respectful and regenerative healing relationships between people and our living landscape. Check out the Garden design here.

David E. Hall, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Psychology and Systems Science, PSU

Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Senior Instructor, Indigenous Nations Studies, PSU

Ridhi D’Cruz, Masters Candidate, Applied Anthropology, PSU

Shawna Zierdt, Project Coordinator, Inter Tribal Gathering Gardens


Whether with us in-person or not, the contributions of Donita Sue Fry, Isabel LaCourse and Cary Watters and many others are vital to what will be shared.


Winter 2015 Schedule

Mar 13 The Journey of Global Commodities:  Coffee, Coconut, Cell Phones, Education, Commercial Compost

Presented by students from ELP 548 Adv. Global Political Ecology  . . . complete description coming soon

Scheduling now for Spring term! Email