Right now, Glenn is a conservation advocate and a steward of the land and water. His in depth expertise in neighborhood service and unwavering dedication to defending Neah Bay’s forests and waters make him a uniquely certified chief for The Nature Conservancy in Washington. He’s a proud member of the Makah Tribe, a individuals who have inhabited the bountiful Neah Bay — the farthest northwest level of the Olympic Peninsula — for over 3,500 years as expert mariners. Makah belong to the Nuu-cha-nuluth household of tribes, that are part of the Wakashan-speaking folks. Glenn was elected as a Makah Tribe Councilman in 2021 and sworn into workplace in January 2022.
“My job is to carry the U.S. federal authorities accountable for the treaty rights secured for the Makah folks within the Neah Bay Treaty of 1855,” he mentioned. The Makah ceded 300,000 acres of their territory to order the rights protected within the treaty.
Throughout his tenure, Glenn works together with his fellow council members to marry historical land administration techniques with new sustainability know-how, akin to making certain a 40-year plan for reseeding forests utilized in timber logging and making a system that forestalls salmon overfishing. He’s additionally a part of a planning committee to mitigate the results of local weather change and transfer essential Tribal infrastructure away from tsunami zones to arrange for future earthquakes.
“My great-grandfather mentioned that we’ve to stroll in two totally different worlds,” Glenn mentioned. “We now have to co-mingle the Makah approach with the fashionable. A powerful cultural worth [he] taught us is rarely to take greater than we’d like — it is a worth that the complete Tribal council embodies. We deeply worth the place we name residence and work to make sure our cultural values are a pillar in our decision-making.”
Drawing knowledge from the teachings of his ancestors, Glenn acknowledges the profound significance of historic data, significantly derived from the pure world. He credit early teachings, akin to studying from animals as a glimpse into the previous and a path ahead into the long run. “We be taught as youngsters to consider how the animals dwell, the place they go and what they eat to turn out to be attuned to the cycle of nature. Every little thing depends on one another. My folks improve and contribute with out disrupting nature as a lot as attainable as a result of we need to coexist with the land and sea. Most of our instruments are multifunctional, our longhouses had been movable and modular, and so they required fewer sources to make. We proceed that stage of versatility and thoughtfulness in the present day.”