People of the Big River 2022

People of the Big River Field Class 2022

Students from Heritage University, Yakama Nation Tribal School, and White Swan High School in the Mt. Adams High School District are traveling across eastern Washington and central Oregon on a 14-day academic field experience.  The course, People of the Big River connects the scholars with tribal elders, scientists, and natural resource managers for a unique study that blends Western science with traditional ecosystem knowledge.

This project, in partnership with the Yakama Nation Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, and Heritage University’s Center for Indigenous Health, Culture and Environment, is taking students to the following land sites:

  • Yakama Nation (WA)
  • Spokane Tribe of Indians (WA)
  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians (WA)
  • Deschutes National Forest (OR)
Follow these participants and their work as they blog about their experiences and observations:

Heritage University Faculty, Staff, Students