Historian Alvin Josephy was one of the founders of Fishtrap, and much of his personal library rests at the new Josephy Center for Arts and Culture on Main Street in Joseph. Jaime Pinkham will give the second in what is envisioned as an annual lecture co-sponsored by the two organizations honoring Josephy’s work as historian and Indian advocate. The lecture — “Rebuilding Native Nations and the Environment” — will be held at the Josephy Center on Thursday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation ($5 suggested).
Pinkham is a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe and has spent most of his career working to protect native sovereignty and tribal treaty rights. He is currently vice president of the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minn., leading their Native Nations program, working with 23 tribes across Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Prior to joining the Foundation he directed the congressional affairs and regional coordination efforts for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, a coalition of four Columbia River Basin treaty tribes. From 1990 to 2002 he worked for the Nez Perce Tribe where he was elected twice to the Tribe’s governing body. He also led the Tribe’s natural resource department where he was involved in salmon restoration, water rights negotiations, wolf recovery and acquiring ancestral lands.
Last year, historian Steve Evans and co-author and tribal elder Allen Pinkham talked about their book, Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce, in the first Josephy Lecture. Fishtrap and the Josephy Center plan to honor Josephy with explorations of Indian and Western history and culture every year. For more information on Jaime Pinkham and this year’s Josephy Lecture, contact Rich Wandschneider at the Josephy Center at 541-432-0505. For information on Fishtrap and the Josephy Center, including full schedules of upcoming events, go to Fishtrap.org and Josephy.org.