DGW Consulting is an American Indian woman owned business that brings expert knowledge in tribally-based histories and Indian affairs to assist all level of government agencies (federal to local), non-profit institutions, tribal governments, and business in their policy planning needs. Given the increasing recognition of the need to adapt to environmental change as well as the reality of government-to-government relationships between tribal and non-tribal governments, we specialize in environmental justice policy planning through staff training, education, and project-based agency and institutional consultation.
Note about cover image: In 2016 five tribal nations on the northern Columbia Plateau–Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, and Kalispel–came together in a historic gathering to reclaim their ancient canoe cultures. For thousands of years Kettle Falls in Washington state was an ancient gathering place for many tribes because of the salmon fishery that sustained them. In 1940 the Grand Coulee Dam drowned the falls, taking with it the heart of salmon and canoe-based cultures in the region. The convergence of the canoes in 2016 was the marking of resistance to this environmental injustice brought by colonization and an affirmation to restore not just culture, but the return of the salmon which are now nearly extinct.