Participating Leaders

Dennis Martinez, O'odham/Chicano/Anglo

Dennis Martinez grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, on a ranch where he experienced a "rich subsistence life." Martinez closely identifies with an inter-tribal community of people in Southwestern Oregon who work to restore traditional lands and cultures. He currently lives in the Klamath Mountains of Northern California. Over the past 40 years, Martinez has contributed extensively to the cause of ecological and cultural restoration at the local, national and international levels. A community organizer, speaker and author, Martinez is recognized as a leader in bridging Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with Western science. As co-director of the Takelma Intertribal Project, Martinez and Agnes Pilgrim (Siletz) reestablished the annual Salmon Thanksgiving Ceremony after a 150 year absence. A former board member of the Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER), Martinez is now Chair of the SER's Indigenous Peoples' Restoration Network, and has been involved with numerous other organizations and causes. Martinez was recognized for his work as recipient of the John Rieger Service Award from SER, a 2001 Bioneers award, and as an Honoree of the 2001 Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership.

Read the transcript of Dennis Martinez's interview on sustainability: Dennis_Martinez_interview.pdf