Ciarra Greene to Receive $10,000 SHIFTx Fellowship Fund Grant

Dr. Morgan Green, Director of The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), announced today that Ciarra Greene (ELP 2016) is the recipient of the $10,000 SHIFTx Fellowship Fund grant for her proposal to promote the restoration and conservation of her Nez Perce environment.

“Nimiipuu’neewit: Lifeways of Our Homelands” is a collaboration between the Nez Perce Tribe and local academic institutions and agencies that will create a camp for Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) adults in order to strengthen participants’ cultural identity, connection to place, and stewardship of the land.

The SHIFTx Fellowship Fund represents The Center for Jackson Hole’s desire to share its collective-impact model nationally while simultaneously contributing to the professional development of ELP alumni.

Made possible by a $10,000 grant from Patagonia, The Fund supports projects by Emerging Leaders Program alumni that address issues of importance to their communities.

Greene’s week-long program, which will take place on Nez Pierce homelands with a resident elder, will improve community health by promoting subsistence consumption and outdoor activity and introduce education and career pathways in environmental fields.

Following the summer program, learning will continue with guest speakers, webinars, and service learning activities in collaboration with partners such as the US Forest Service, Idaho Fish and Game, Department Idaho Parks and Recreation Department, Northwest Indian College, and Lewis-Clark State College.

The multifaceted camp will provide both participants and partners a unique experience to learn about Nimiipuu culture, Nez Pierce homelands from different perspectives, and generate relationships to their homelands that will extend to future generations.

The selection of Greene’s proposal was made after much deliberation. 

“Our alumni are doing amazing work, which made the decision to select a single grantee difficult,” says Dr. Morgan Green, the Emerging Leaders Program Director. “It’s inspiring to see how they’re creating positive change in their communities.”

As an example of the caliber of work nominated for the 2019 Fund, Dr. Green cited 2017 ELP alumni Taiji Nelson’s proposal for a project with the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy to elevate diverse voices and perspectives of teens by creating short documentaries that explore the connections between nature, community, identity, and the experiences they have with parks and public land. 

Austin Walkins (Hopkins), Senior Conservation Associate with the Idaho Conservation League and ELP 2017, submitted a proposal to engage a new audience of potential advocates at the North Fork Championship (NFC) kayaking event by engaging kayakers on pressing environmental issues that are affecting the very rivers they traveled here to paddle. 

The inaugural Fund recipients, 2017 Emerging Leaders Program alumni Mateen Hessami and Jess Johnson, were awarded  $10,000 for their Hunting and Fishing Mentorship Program proposal, which recruited university students, with an emphasis on women, and immersed them in a year-long conservation and subsistence development program that taught them every aspect of becoming an independent, public-land subsistence consumer and conservation activist.

Greene will have the opportunity to present her work at The 2019 SHIFT Festival, which takes place October 16-18 in Jackson, WY.

The 2019 SHIFT Festival will focus on advancing the economic and practical applications of nature as a social determinant of health.

Tickets for The 2019 SHIFT Festival will go on sale August 1.

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