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The Suquamish Tribe

2018 Gold Sponsors

2018 Silver Sponsors

Association for Washington Archaeology

2018 Bronze Sponsors

2018 General Sponsors

2018 In-Kind Sponsors

Planning Association of Washington

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The Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Willamette Cultural Resources Associates, Ltd.

Samish Indian Nation

Early Bird Registration Now Open!
11th Annual
Cultural Resource Protection Summit
May 23-24
, 2018

Living Landscapes, Living Cultures

The 2018 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks our 11th 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, the Summit agenda includes an engaging array of cutting-edge topics that will encourage attendees to examine the benefits of a landscape approach and how it might inform workable solutions for today’s most pressing challenges to effective cultural resource protection.  Topics on Day 1 will orient us to a variety of relevant landscapes, including regulatory and environmental, while Day 2 topics will address more advanced Cultural Resource Management (CRM) applications.  Keynotes, panel discussions, and open discussions will highlight useful examples of the link between landscape-based CRM and responsible land use.

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.

Day #1 Keynote – Marion Werkheiser, Cultural Heritage Partners in D.C.
We welcome Marion Werkheiser, founding partner of Cultural Heritage Partners law firm, from the “other Washington” as she shares with us the very latest about the Federal legislative and regulatory landscape.  Marion currently serves as Government Relations Strategist for both the Coalition for American Heritage and the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA).

The Merits of a Landscape Approach  – Increasing attention is being paid by cultural resource managers to the potential merits of a “landscape approach.”  Join us for an examination of a wide variety of landscapes (e.g. legislative, educational, environmental, linguistic, resource management, TCPs, ethnobotanical), and explore how such an approach might inform workable solutions for today’s most pressing challenges to effective cultural resource protection.

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

Please note these important Summit deadlines and updates:

REFUNDS - Refunds will be honored through Friday, May 11.  Refunds will not be issued after that date 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.

Registration Options:

*Refunds will be honored through Friday, May 11, 2018. Refunds will not be issued after that date.*

The Summit Agenda Planning Committee invites you to apply below for a free Summit registration donated by our event producer, the nonprofit Eppard Vision.  All submissions are due by April 23.  The Committee will review the submissions and award one free registration in each of the following categories:  Tribes, agencies, consultants, and students.  Winners will be notified on May 1.  

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Thank you very much for your interest, and Good Luck!

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Your Input:

Regarding the upcoming 2018 agenda please email the
Planning Committee via Mary Rossi

2018 Location:
The 2018 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.

New shuttle service (limited runs and seating) - Two shuttle runs per day between the Hotel and the House will be offered this year (one AM and one PM).  The shuttle will depart the Hotel (Tower entrance) at 8am on both days; the shuttle will depart the House at 5pm on Wednesday and 4:30pm on Thursday.  Please note that the shuttle seats 24-26 riders, so carpooling will continue to be a necessary option, as well.  We hope you enjoy this new service!

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

Get directions using Google Maps.

Booking your Room:

Friday, April 27 - 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:
Friday, April 27


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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