Oct 09, 2014
Ecotrust announced the honorees of the 12th annual Indigenous Leadership Award. They are: Annita McPhee (Tahltan), Arthur William Sterritt (Gitga’at), Eric J. Quaempts (Yakama), Roy Sampsel (Choctaw / Wyandotte), and the awardee, Roberta Reyes Cordero (Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation).
ROBERTA REYES CORDERO of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, is a cultural ambassador and conflict resolution professional. For nearly 20 years she has been actively pursuing ways to give tribal people a voice in coastal marine planning in California. Aided by her efforts, the Chumash Nation has reestablished a connection to its canoeing and seafaring roots, which has led to a resurgence of the Chumash language, the preparation of Native foods, creation of art, and a reestablishment of family connections among tribal members.