Date of Award
Richard O. Clemmer-Smith
Indigenous rights, Mount Rainier National Park, National Park Service, plant resources, resource sovereignty, traditional
The Nisqually, Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Cowlitz, and Yakama Indian Tribes historically utilized the plant resources of Mount Rainier until the National Park Service established Mount Rainier National Park in 1899. Since 1992 there have been formal, written requests by these Tribes to revitalize the harvest of these culturally significant plant resources in their original collection location. Through archival analysis, participant observation, and interviews with Indigenous consultants, I investigated the impetus for these requests and furthermore the role of Mount Rainier in tribally relevant plant harvesting. Data indicates a lack of plant resource monitoring in the United States Forest Service has resulted in unsustainable practices that leave available resources within the boundaries of the National Park. Firstly, this research determined Tribes with historical resource connections to Mount Rainier increasingly value sovereignty over their traditionally utilized plant resources. Finally, contemporary Tribal harvesting events of plant resources in Mount Rainier National Park are indicative of a movement of resource sovereignty facilitated through collaboration rather than a revitalization movement.
Nemecek, Samantha Joan, "Resource Sovereignty: The Indigenous Value of Mount Rainier Within Activities of Traditional Resource Harvesting" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 473.
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Samantha Joan Nemecek
Native American studies, Natural resource management, Environmental management