US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in the Gullah/Geechee Great Outdoors


Gullah/Geechee Nation

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (


The story of my life has been filled with sudden emails and sudden telephone calls telling me that someone on the Hill wanted to dialogue with me in person.  So, I would leave the Lowcountry of the Sea Islands to make my way northward and climb the Hill.  The Presidential invitation to the “America’s Great Outdoors Conference,” “White House Conference on Conservation,” and the US Department of the Interior’s invitation to “America’s Summit on National Parks” were no different.  Within each of these arenas, I met people that had a passion for the outdoors and for getting the lands protected so that people could visit these outdoor places and embrace the health benefits of doing so.  Resonating in their many speeches and roundtable discussions was the concept of going “back to the land.”  Yet, I climbed the Hill to…

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