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Circle of Tribal Advisors

COTA: a Circle of Tribal Advisors

When the Lewis and Clark Expedition moved west of the Mississippi River they traveled through lands that were populated by a variety of people. The Corps of Discovery made diplomatic contact with and recorded information about more than 50 different tribal nations.  The Corp’s journals tell of the diversity and complexity of native customs and languages…and of the tribes' generosity, assistance and hospitality that allowed the Corps to survive.

The 2003-2006 national Bicentennial commemoration provided an unprecedented national stage for modern-day tribal governments to educate the public about the impact that westward expansion had on tribal lands and cultures, as well as the critical importance of Native American sacred site protection.

A Circle of Tribal Advisors (COTA) was created to facilitate this collaboration. Forty-one representatives of modern-day tribal governments worked to shape Bicentennial event guidelines to ensure that meaningful tribal involvement, histories and perspectives were included in national, state and local events.

Enough Good Friends

Reflections on tribal involvement and inter-cultural collaboration from 2003 - 2006 is documented in the book Enough Good People:

Cover to the book Enough Good People

The full text in book form can be purchased from Enough Good Poeple, 223 S Boulevard St, Gunnison, CO, 81230, (970) 641-1355.