Land as a Relation: Supporting Indigenous Connection/Reconnection Through (Un)learning and Direct Action- 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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    • Member - $40
    • Student Member - Free!
    • Associate Member - $30

Indigenous identity and history are often land-centered. This storytelling session will define essential connections between the land and subsistence lifeways. It will identify how we can restore, protect, reclaim, and revitalize Indigenous culture, language, knowledge, and ceremonies through critical partnerships and policies, while healing both the land and the people.

Learning objectives:

  • Convey how past policies and present actions continue to limit Indigenous peoples access to traditional lands, and its negative impact on cultural heritage preservation.
  • Recognize Indigenous peoples' deeper perspectives and connections to land and nature and how these connections contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of Indigenous People.
  • Recognize why Tribal Nations are natural partners for Indigenous-led conservation and understand the strategies, policies, and partnerships for the co-management of public lands.
  • Understand the value of Indigenous relationship to the land, how traditional lands are the origin of Native nations, and inseparable from the people, their culture, and their spiritual identity.

​José de Jesús Leal, ASLA

Native Nation Building Studio Director

MIG, Inc.

José de Jesús Leal is a landscape architect with a passion for truth-telling. His professional journey is spiritual in nature - guided by the understanding that at times, he is the student. In landscape architecture, he has found a path to continuous self-discovery. As Director of the MIG’s Native Nation Building Studio, José's work focuses on the power of inclusive design and planning, and cultural relativism to connect people to the spirit of place. For José, community cohesiveness and self-determination are preventive medicines. He brings over 23 years of experience. He is an ASLA’s Diversity Summit Community Member.

Elizabeth Elliott

Executive Director

Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority

Elizabeth Elliott is a 36-year-old nonbinary person hailing from the village of Oleta in Northern California. They were raised in an activist family with the belief that every moment is an organizing opportunity, and every minute a chance to change the world. Their parents instilled in them the value to always fight for those whose voices are not being heard. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science degree, works in Tribal Housing and Wellness, serving as the Executive Director at Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority in Northern California. Elizabeth dedicates their time outside of work teaching traditional skills to awaken resiliency.

Nathaniel Willing, Associate ASLA



Nathaniel Willing, descendant Sandy Bay First Nation, brings his passion for Native communities. He is committed to contributing to the improvement of Canadian First Nations and Tribal Nations in the U.S by working to imbue the community with Indigenous knowledge. He is sensitive to the needs of the community and has a powerful desire to make a positive impact on the lives of the people his projects touch. Nathaniel has collaborated with Native Leaders and Elders during his time at West Virginia University’s Native American Studies Program. They include Chief Oren Lyons, Dave Archambault II, Ada Deer, and Charlie Soap.


Video: Land as a Relation
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13 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/13 points to pass
13 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/13 points to pass
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1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available