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Symposium Schedule

Friday, March 24, 2023

9:30am - 5:00pm

Goodwin Forum | Cal Poly Humboldt


This will be an in-person event with an option to attend via Zoom.

Lunch sponsored by the Office of the Provost:

Provost Jenn Capps (Cal Poly Humboldt)


10:45am - 12:00pm

Panel 1: Public & Private Land Return

Discussion Leader: Charley Reed (Education Director, Save California Salmon)

  • Joshua Saxon (Executive Director, Karuk Tribe)

  • Morning Star Gali (Executive Director of Indigenous Justice)

  • Joe Davis (Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman)

  • Tim Hayden (Yurok Tribe)

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Panel 2: Land Grab Universities -  The California Context

Discussion Leader: Dr. Brittani Orona (Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University)

  • Adam Canter (Natural Resource Director, Wiyot Tribe)

  • He-Lo Ramirez (Council Member & Director of Environmental Planning and Protection, Mechoopda Tribe)

  • Rachel McBride-Praetorius (Director of the Office of Tribal Relations, Chico State University)

  • Phenocia Bauerle (Director, Native American Student Development UC Berkeley)

12:00pm - 1:00pm


2:15pm - 3:30pm

Panel 3: Indigenous Land Trusts

Discussion Leader: Dr. Kaitlin Reed (Assistant Professor, Native American Studies Cal Poly Humboldt)

  • Corrina Gould (Co-Director, The Sogorea Te’ Land Trust)

  • Peter Colby (California Program Director, Western Rivers)

  • Trina Cunningham (Executive Director of the Maidu Summit Consortium)

  • Priscilla Hunter (InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council)

9:30am - 9:45am

9:45am - 10:00am

10:00am - 10:30am


Wiyot Tribe Welcome

Chairman Ted Hernandez (Wiyot Tribe)

Wade Crowfoot (California Natural Resources Secretary)

Geneva Thompson (California Assistant Secretary of Tribal Affairs)

#LandBack: Land Histories & Decolonial Land Futures

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy (Department Chair Native American Studies Cal Poly Humboldt)

10:30am - 10:45am


3:30pm - 4:45pm

4:45pm - 5:15pm

5:15pm - 5:30pm

Panel 4: LandBack Legal Considerations & Policy Recommendations

Discussion Leader: Curtis Berkey (Partner, Berkey Williams, LLP)

  • Hillary Renick

  • Geneva Thompson (Assistant Secretary for Tribal Affairs, California Natural Resources Agency)

Funding LandBack

Discussion Leader: Lindsie Bear (Vice President Strategy, Program, & Community Solutions, Humboldt Area Foundation)​

  • Palvinder Kaur (Senior Program Officer, Sierra Health Foundation | The Center)

  • Greg Masten (Vice President Tribal Nations Engagement and Special Projects, Native Americans in Philanthropy)


Sponsored by the Office of the Provost: Provost Jenn Capps (Cal Poly Humboldt)




Sponsored by: The College of Natural Resources & Sciences: Dean Eric Riggs (Cal Poly Humboldt)


LandBack Symposium Dinner & Dams Out Celebration

at the Historic Eagle House Inn

Sponsored By: Indigenous Justice

Sponsored by: The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences:

Dean Jeff Crane (Cal Poly Humboldt)



The closest parking lot on campus that is near the Goodwin Forum is the main General parking lot G11, near the Students Business Services building on campus. The next two closest parking lots would be lots G12 and G13 lots also referenced on the parking zones document linked above. The Cal Poly parking services has a booth located in lot G11 if there are any immediate needs regarding parking the day of the event.



Continental Breakfast:

Assorted breakfast pastries, bagels with cream cheese, tuscan & ham & swiss quiches, and seasonal fresh fruit. Beverages include regular and decaf coffee, assorted hot teas, and orange juice.



Classic pulled pork sliders, buttermilk fried chicken, mac and cheese, bbq baked beans, lime cilantro cabbage coleslaw, cheddar jalapeno cornbread and California Salmon Salad. The dessert includes a strawberry shortcake.



Assorted freshly baked cookies, house made fudge brownies, seasonal veggies served with ranch, and chips and salsa.


Continuous Beverages:

Coffee, tea, and water will be available throughout the symposium.


Dinner @ Eagle House


Land Back Dinner & Celebration

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Historic Eagle House

139 2nd St, Eureka, CA 95501

(707) 444-3344

Dinner | Drinks | Live Music

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