Judy BlueHorse Skelton (Nez Perce/Cherokee), full time faculty in the Indigenous Nations Studies program at PSU, is the recipient of the 2015 Spirit of Portland Award for Environmental Stewardship.
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Posted: November 2, 2015

Judy Bluehorse Skelton has been a key leader at the local and regional levels in building relationships between the Native American community and government, nonprofit and community-based organizations focused on urban environmental issues. Her mentorship and leadership roles at PSU's Indigenous Nations Studies Program are an inspiration to those who work on issues related to equity and inclusion in the urban natural resource arena.

Judy inspires many of us to steward the environment and adds her unique perspective to our work. She is nominated by City Staff in several bureaus, a community partner and a student from the Indigenous Nations Program at Portland State University.

"The collaborative spirit of our students and community partners to heal and strengthen relationships with the land and people can be seen, tasted and felt as we work to reclaim the urban landscape for food, medicine, ceremony and healthy lifeways for all... it's an honor to be part of it!" 


The Spirit of Portland Awards recognize local individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to positive change in our community. Award winners are those who have not only worked to improve the community, but who have also gone above and beyond a dedication to civic engagement in order to make a lasting impact. 

The Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Portland invite you to join them as they recognize and celebrate the 31ST Annual Spirit of Portland Awards winners at City Hall on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM in City Hall, Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Avenue.