Watersheds and First Foods Restoration
Yakama Nation tribal member, Emily Washines ’10, will return to Evergreen to tell a powerful story of the "Return of the Wapato" and restoration of wetlands habitat.
In 1993, the Yakama Nation bought a 430-acre wheat field in the heart of the reservation. After acquisition by the Yakama Nation's Wetlands Restoration Project, several tributaries of Toppenish Creek were reconnected to restore naturally occurring riparian vegetation. After a 75-year absence wapato (aka arrowhead root, duck potato) or wáptu, has returned to the property. As part of her Evergreen MPA capstone project, Emily Washines documented the story of the wáptu and its return and will speak with the Evergreen community about this project. She currently works for the Yakima Nation as a public relations specialist, and as support for rehabilitation projects.
Emily Washines of the Yakama Nation is a non-profit leader and filmmaker who works to promote and restore wetlands and first foods. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Evergreen in 2010.