Narrative Summary (cont.)
Who We Are
We are Native leaders within the region defined by the Pacific Salmon runs of North America. We are women and we are men with similarities and differences. Our backgrounds vary from having received a traditional upbringing to having been raised apart from our traditional culture, only to return to it later in our life. Our ancestral heritages are diverse, with deep Native roots, as well as European links (see Table 6 for a listing of the heritages with which we are related). We are a mix of democratically elected leaders, community activists, organizational leaders, and scholars. We are all dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring our Native cultures and the planet.