A Family Dinner in Olympia

It felt more like a family dinner than a legislative event. The recent Tribal dinner at Washington’s Capital Building featured some big names, including Governor Jay Inslee, legislators, agency directors and more than a dozen tribal leaders. But despite all the titles, the evening had the air of a family reunion complete with storytelling and friendly banter. The Nature Conservancy in Washington was honored to be invited to this gathering.

As tribal leaders rose to introduce themselves, share stories and joke with other tribes, it was easy to see the importance of community. We are in this together. All of us, from tribal members to legislators to Nature Conservancy leaders, believe in the value of nature in our state. Working together as a community, we are better positioned to solve tough environmental challenges, carry out innovative programs and find the best ways to care for people and nature.

Our inclusion at the Tribal dinner was an honor and recognition of the value we put in our relationship with our region’s tribes. Their partnership is vital to our work in communities and nature. Their history, knowledge and insights lead us towards creative solutions that preserve nature and support communities. We can’t do it without them and were thrilled to be a guest at their family dinner.



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