My name is Bill Tripp. I am the Deputy Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization at the Karuk Tribe, Department of Natural Resources.
We are working with national, regional, and local partners to connect the hearts, hands, and minds of tribal and non tribal communities to the health and abundance of resilient functional ecosystems.
Partners from many communities and backgrounds that have taken part in our local collaborative efforts have identified the need to create diversified revenue streams.
I am raising funds to start an endowment at the Humboldt Area Foundation to support our eco-cultural revitalization efforts, we have reached our initial $10,000 goal and are now striving for a $50,000 target. When the Endowment raises $50,000,000 it reaches a point of expedited growth, while assuring significant progress annually toward our eco-cultural revitalization goals.
Eco-cultural revitalization is intended to include changes in land management practices, restoring historic fire regimes, integration of adaptive management principles, intergenerational learning, development of fire adapted communities, and reincorporation of traditional knowledge, practice, and belief pathways into contemporary societal systems.
I have great hopes that this endowment, with further investments, will grow to leverage other revenue sources and sustain operational and support capacities to continue these efforts for generations to come.
Though (depending on how fast it grows) this endowment may do little to support our grass roots community based efforts in the short term, it is the longevity it has the potential to provide at an intergenerational scale that is the real benefit.
Indigenous people's such as the Karuk, have struggled for generations to hold on to who we are. Non- tribal communities are finally recognizing the need to turn this trend around and revitalize our cultural practices.
I cannot express in words or numbers how much your support could mean to the plants, animals, fish, water, and peoples of place if an endowment such as this is enabled to truly prevail.
Thank you for your time and support.
Sparking a change
Organizer and beneficiary