“I have dedicated my life to the healing of our people to inspire others to understand our history, our culture, and our resiliency through the teachings of our ancestors.”
For over thirty-five years, Pam (Colville Confederated Tribes) has provided administration, management, direct service, training, technical assistance, and program development expertise to successfully address varied social, cultural, governmental, and organizational needs. With a local client list as varied as the American Indian Health Commission, Washington State Tribes, the Washington State Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, and the Native Action Network, she has worked with hundreds of tribal and non-tribal governments, organizations and communities throughout the United States, Canada, and the Territory of Guam. She is a certified NEAR Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE’s and Resilience). Pam is particularly passionate about sharing the history, culture, and governmental impacts of Native people to gain understanding, to ensure the story we leave for the next seven generations is of healing and resilience.
Pam is also the Co-Owner of Culture2Culture a training and consulting company specializing in government-to-government training, strategic planning, curriculum development, grant management, cultural and traditional preservation, and interpersonal development. For the Washington State Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, she co-designed the curriculum for their “Government-to-Government Training,” to improve the governmental relationships of Washington State agencies and the federally recognized tribes.
Pam was part of a team that developed the Native culture based, Leading the Next Generations Healthy Relationships Curriculum, funded and approved for dissemination by the Administration for Native Americans, and currently used in dozens of tribal communities across the United States. From these efforts, she was invited to speak at the White House event on Healthy Marriage, Strong Families and Child Wellbeing in 2008. The healthy relationships curriculum is largely based on the book, Coming Together in a Good Way, Pam co-authored with her husband, Gordon James. Their book provides a Native cultural perspective on healthy relationship development – bridging traditional and cultural teachings with the realities of modern lives and relationships. Additionally, Pam is co-founder of Native Strategies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and GrantVantage.com, a Native woman-owned, grant and contract management software company.
Pam holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Evergreen State College and a Community Health degree from the University of Washington.
Pam and her husband Gordon have raised 6 amazing children, and now have their first grandchild/granddaughter who is the love of their life.