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The Thin Green Line Is People: Documenting Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Resistance

Speakers Bureau

Activist/organizers are available to speak in high school and university classes! Schedule a visit today!

To schedule a speaker visit, email Talks are free thanks to the generous support of Spirit Mountain Community Fund.


Cathryn Chudy is a retired therapist and environmental activist, on the board of the Oregon Conservancy Foundation (OCF), a regional nonprofit foundation that works to keep fossil fuels in the ground, to oppose the resurgence of nuclear power and its Small Modular Nuclear Reactor (SMNR) designs, and promote the use of clean renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation applications. She is also with the SW WA Alliance for Community Engagement and the Sierra Club’s SW WA Beyond Fossil Fuels task force in Vancouver, WA.


photo of Cager in a baseball cap, black hoody with a big smile on his face.

Cager Clabaugh has worked since 1993 for ILWU Local 4, serving as president from…He is currently… Clabaugh was an outspoken critic of–and helped mobilize labor unions to resist–the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal, which would have been the largest oil terminal in North America. Watch an interview with him here.


Robert Colllin smiling in a black suit, white shirt and blue necktie.

Robert Collin has been an environmental scholar and activist since 1986, writing among the earliest EJ publications in articles, book chapters (one on reparations in Robert Bullard’s 2006 book The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution), and encyclopedias. He is active as a collaborative founder of the Coalition for Environmental Justice CAER at the University of Oregon from 1993-2004 and was appointed to Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Environmental Equity Commission, the founding appointment to the first legislatively created EJ state agency – Environmental Justice Task Force at which he spent eleven years. Professor Collin was one of two EJ expert witness’s recognized in Federal Court in the Spokane Midnite mine uranium superfund cleanup settlement

Rachel Cushman is an enrolled citizen of the Chinook Indian Nation, where she/yaka is both an elected and hereditary leader. In 2017, Cushman was elected to the Chinook Tribal Council, but her role as a leader stems from her ancestor, Clatsop Tyee Wasilta. Cushman is an Indigenous knowledge practitioner, activist, educator, and canoe skipper. For over twenty years, Cushman has fought to protect Chinook and Indigenous lands, waters, rights, and sovereignty. She/yaka is a published scholar and a world-renowned expert on Chinook history and politics. Her/yaka scholarship engages with the resurgence of Indigenous ways of being/knowing, non-colonial economies, and Indigenous land stewardship, as well as the praxis of radical sovereignty. Currently, Cushman is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon.

A black and white photo of Barbara with her head in her hand, leaning to the right, and smiling slightly.

Barbara Ford is a retired clinical social worker, a student of and collaborator with the groundbreaking eco-psychologist Johanna Macy, a longtime climate justice activist/artivist who is a longtime volunteer with 350PDX, helping to create art-based actions and develop resilience training for climate justice. She is a painter and singer/songwriter and poet, who publishes in Medium, you can find out more about her work here.




JoDe Goudy in a headdress meeting Pope Francis.

JoDe Goudy: I am of Creation … I am a Grandson, a son, and a father who does his best to be a good relative to all of my friends and family. I am Yakama … I follow and practice our Ways of Life to the best of my ability. The Owner and Founder of Redthought, a platform designed to invoke “Right & Respectful” relations in dealing with the greatest challenges facing Native Country and the World at this time. Former Chairman of the Yakama Nation Tribal Council. I am an advocate of Free, Independent, Clear, & Coherent Thought. My work is in supporting the efforts to bring awareness to the greatest domination system that has ever existed in the known history of man. Specializing in awareness surrounding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and its historical and present-day use, and implications. My thoughts are dedicated to aligning with others to understand what shapes and forms reality. And to take that understanding and refining it into something better for the generations that are coming.

Lana Jack in brightly colored (pink, black and purple) regalia by the Columbia River
Photo by Josué Rivas

Lana Jack Is a Celilo Wy-am community organizer and Director/Founder of the Columbia River Indian Center. She has spent her life fighting for federal recognition of the Celilo Wy-am. Jack is a Coast Salish land defender, lobbyist, mediator, treaty negotiator, and jingle dress healer.   

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Don Motanic is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla. A Technical Specialist with the Intertribal Timber Council since 1995, Don Motanic had a 42-year career as a Forest Engineer and Forest Manager with the Bureau of Indian Affairs that included living and working with the Yakama Nation, Umatilla, and Spokane Tribes. He has engaged with Native youth through the American Indian Science and Engineering Society-(AISES).

He has served as President of the Board of Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. since 2019, and on advisory councils for Curriculum and Programming with Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., the Washington Agricultural Forestry Leadership Foundation, Washington State University-Vancouver Native Advisory Council, Society of American Foresters, Big Brothers, and Big Sisters. At home in Brush Prairie, WA, he is involved in the family’s Horse Boarding Business with his wife Mary Beth, helping their daughter Jayme move into breeding and training reining horses.


Roben White is a Lakota-Cheyenne organizer (enrolled Oglala, Pine Ridge), a member of the WSU Vancouver Native American Community Advisory Board (NACAB) and a long-time member of and organizer with WSU Vancouver’s Collective for Social and Environmental Justice (CSEJ). White is co-creator  of CSEJ’s The Thin Green Line is People History Project.  White is a long-time labor organizer, Native rights and environmental justice organizer and former President of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Local 10 and has a background in business. White is a sculptor and painter, whose paintings have been exhibited internationally.