“In the years prior to this particular gathering, the tribes that observed or were encountered by members of the expedition made it clear that this event was not a celebration – it was for the tribes an observance, or at best, a commemoration in view of the fact that their lives and livelihoods as had been known to them for hundreds of years, changed in barely a generation such that many cultures, languages, craft and food ways were lost forever. The gathering that Cook Ross facilitated consisted of over 100 individuals, a third of those being tribal representatives sent by their respective sovereign nations to participate. Over the course of a day and a half, Cook Ross was able to work with great knowledge, respect, honor, compassion and strength to bring forward the tribal voice, presence and expectations around the events that would commemorate the bicentennial. Working assiduously to ensure inclusiveness and genuine listening, Cook Ross ushered the group through a series of dialogues that explored the obstacles and opportunities associated with the bicentennial and the tribal involvement. Many things were said that day that were hard to say and hard to hear but Cook Ross created an environment of trust and candor; they created a small community of likeminded individuals that remains intact today.” – Michelle Bussard, Executive Director, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission