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The Suquamish Tribe

2017 Keynote Sponsor!

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Willamette Cultural Resources Associates, Ltd.

Association for Washington Archaeology

Samish Indian Nation

Planning Association of Washington

11th Annaul
Cultural Resource Protection Summit
May 23-24

The 2017 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks the tenth anniversary of our gathering.  Since its inception, the primary goal in organizing the annual Summit has been to facilitate amongst all affected parties an open, frank discussion about the intersection between cultural resources and land use.  The Summit is designed to promote collaborative cultural resource planning as an effective means of finding resolution to issues before they escalate into emotionally-charged, divisive, and expensive stalemates or law suits.

This year, we are celebrating the 10th annual Summit with another engaging agenda of cutting-edge topics that will encourage attendees to examine how the work we do protects our shared resources and preserves our shared stories.  We will also reflect on ten years of Summit discussions as we consider the future and take time to celebrate a decade of sharing, both during the day and at a special optional dinner.  On Day 1, we will focus on issues of particular interest to land use planners and developers, while on Day 2, we will address more advanced Cultural Resource Management (CRM) topics.  Keynotes, panel discussions, and open discussions will highlight real-world examples of the link between CRM and responsible land use.  So, bring an open, inquisitive mind and a celebratory spirit!!

Please join us at the Suquamish Tribe’s beautiful and inviting House of Awakened Culture for a two-day gathering that will help you improve your technical skills while deepening your connection to why we do this work.  Leave with more tools for protecting cultural resources and sharing the important stories they tell, not to mention new allies and friends

Please note these important Summit deadlines and updates:

DINNER TICKETS - Dinner tickets must be purchased by the end of the day today (Tuesday, May 16) due to our catering deadlines.  Dinner tickets will not be sold after May 16 or during onsite registration.  Thank you for your understanding.


FINAL AGENDA - The Final Agenda has been posted!  Take a look, and get ready to learn and discuss (and eat and enjoy)!!

AFFINITY EVENTS - See below for information about two “affinity events” preceding the Summit on Tuesday, May 23.  Come to Suquamish early, and participate in these important gatherings!

REFUNDS - The refund window closed last Friday, May 12.  Refunds will no longer be issued due to our event planning deadlines (catering, printing, etc).  Please note that this policy is clearly stated on both the Summit website and the Registration forms.  Thank you very much for your understanding.

    Summit Highlights:

Day #2 Keynote – Christopher Horsethief, Consultant
Join us for the highly-anticipated return of one of our most popular Summit keynotes, Christopher Horsethief, research professor and consultant.  Christopher’s research interests include the group dynamics of collectively traumatized communities and the linkages between indigenous language and culture.  He has created tech apps, including Native language keyboards, and helps speech communities create self-determined methods of language revitalization.

Special Panel Sessions on the Hottest Topics – Climate Change, Tools for Planners (e.g. CRMPs, Predictive Models), Culverts, Cultural/Natural Resources, Effective Advocacy, and many more!

* CM credits for Planners will be applied for in cooperation with the Planning Association of Washington (PAW).

Special Affinity Event hosted by the University of Washington’s Preserving the Past Together Seminar Series: "Best Practices in Collaboration” workshop at the House of Awakened Culture (Tuesday, May 23, 12:00-4:00pm)

Join Preserving the Past Together for our event, “Best Practices in Collaboration,” an afternoon-long workshop hosted by the Suquamish Tribe.  Workshop participants will join panelists from the

University of Washington, University of Victoria and the Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Centre to develop a collectively authored tool-kit that provides heritage managers with guidelines for effective collaboration with tribes in the Salish Sea. This event precedes the 10th Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit and is free of charge.  (Click here for more info)


Special Affinity Event hosted by the WA State Emergency Management Division (EMD) & the WA State Dept. of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP):“Cultural Resources and Disaster Recovery” workshop at the House of Awakened Culture (Tuesday, May 23, 9:00-11:00am)

The EMD and DAHP invite you to participate in a workshop on disaster recovery planning for cultural resources. The purpose of this workshop is to not only inform the attendees about disaster recovery and the importance of preserving cultural resources, but also to help Washington state officials better understand how to assist communities and tribal nations.  To do this, at the workshop we want to introduce to you the Cultural Resources Recovery Support Function (RSF) disaster planning framework and how you can play a role in shaping it.

To join the conversation, please meet with us on Tuesday, May 23 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Suquamish Tribe's House of Awakened Culture (7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish, WA 98392).  We scheduled the workshop to coincide with the 10th Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit beginning on the 24th, and just before the University of Washington's "Best Practices in Collaboration" workshop that begins at noon on the 23rd. We want to extend our special thanks and appreciation to the Cultural Resource Summit, the Suquamish Tribe, and the UW's Preserving the Past Together Seminar Series for providing us the time slot and space to hold our workshop. 

Registration Options:

*Refunds will be honored through Friday, May 12, 2017. Refunds will not be issued after that date.*

Tuesday, May 16 - Dinner tickets must be purchased by this date due to our catering deadlines.  Dinner tickets will not be sold after May 16 or during onsite registration.  Thank you for your understanding!

  • Winners of our second annual Free Registration “Contest":  On behalf of the nonprofit Eppard Vision (our event producer and donor of registrations) and the Summit Agenda Planning Committee (who voted on the submissions), we are pleased to announce one winner in each of our four categories as follows:  Tribes - Stormy Purser (Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe); Agencies - Elizabeth Ellis (WA State Dept. of Ecology-Water Quality Program); Consultants - Michael Shane Sparks (ICF); Students - Isabella Kressman (Univ. of CA-Santa Cruz).  Congratulations to our winners, and thank you very much to all who participated!

2017 Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorship Info: Click Here

2017 Final Agenda: Click Here

Your Input:

Regarding the upcoming 2017 agenda please email the
Planning Committee via Mary Rossi

2017 Location:
The 2014 Cultural Resource Protection Summit will be held at the scenic House of Awakened Culture - with sleeping rooms just a moment away at the Clearwater Casino Resort Suquamish, WA, right between Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island at the Agate Pass Bridge. Just a short ferry ride from Seattle or Edmonds.

House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Parkway,
Suquamish, WA 98392

Get directions using Google Maps.

Booking your Room:

Tuesday, April 25 - All hotel reservations must be received by this date!  Don’t miss your chance to reserve one of the beautiful rooms in our hotel block.  After this date, room availability cannot be guaranteed.

To book your reservation at the Clearwater Casino & Resort please call 
1-866-609-8700 & reference "The Cultural Resource Summit" for our group rate.

*Deadline for booking your room:
Tuesday, April 25


My Reflection
by Nikki Olson, RH2 Engineering, Summit attendee.

I have to say, this is my 2nd Summit, and both times I have walked away feeling refreshed, nurtured, with an open heart full of love.  My family has only been in the area for a few generations, so although this place is not etched into my bones, it is etched on my heart and soul.  I love the discussion about our shared history and connection to the land.  It really is important for everyone – or at least more people – to understand and preserve the land and culture.  It may not be my great-great-grandparents place, but I choose to make it my place, part of my identity and culture.  When people understand, it becomes important.  Important things are fought for.  But if the stories aren’t shared with conviction, the light of understanding cannot burn brightly.  Summits, education, sharing like this is infinitely important so we all can feel a sense of duty to protect this/our/all/any culture.

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