A perfect Colorado summer evening
Last week I had a wonderful opportunity to travel up to West Virgin-ey for a leadership seminar. It was hosted by the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Offices. A total of 12 tribes were represented and I felt honored to be part of such a wonderful group of people.
My head was so full of new and great information by the time I left on Thursday and I can't wait to implement what I learned. I love being re-energeized and being reminded that although our work is challenging, it is also so fulfilling.
We stayed at the Fish and Wildlife's National Conservation Training Center which sits on over 500 acres. It was beautiful and I felt like I was at camp all week. All our meals were provided for us in a large dining hall with huge rustic chandeliers. Giant taxidermy bears, deers, and wolves graced the hallways. The rain sat over us most of the week, but I didn't mind too much. It made the already green vegetation vibrant and the smells of boxwood and dogwood hung heavily in the air. I didn't think my hair could get any more frizzy from humidity, but apparently West Virginia's got nothin' on South Florida!
Its easy to get caught up in the day to day drama of the office and we can quickly forget why we do what we do. The fights in Indian Country are real and hard and it takes strong leaders to make significant and positive changes. Sometimes I'm not sure where my future career will take me, but I hope that I will always have the opportunity to work alongside tribes.