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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich To Introduce Legislation To Establish Bandelier National Park And Preserve

By: Carol A. Clark
Daily Post, Los Alamos, New Mexico
March 21, 2019
Key words: Traditional ecological knowledge, legislation, Bandelier

https://www.ladailypost.com/content/us-sen-martin-heinrich-introduce-legislation-establish-bandelier-national-park-and-preserve
also: https://www.krwg.org/post/heinrich-announces-plan-establish-bandelier-national-park-and-preserve

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announces plans to introduce legislation to establish Bandelier National Park and Preserve. Currently, it has the status of a monument, which was designated by President Woodrow Wilson. Park status would protect it from future oil and gas development or diminishment in size. A unique aspect of the proposal is to include traditional ecological knowledge in the management of the proposed park.

Land and Sky Conference

Flagstaff, Arizona -- Apr. 24- 27, 2019.

Website: http://www.scaas.org/2019-Conference

We are in need of Native American speakers that can speak about science learning environments involving Native youth.

The Friday sessions of the conference are organized around the principle umbrella Forum on Native Education and the Role of Traditional Knowledge. We have the ability to offer limited financial support to qualifying Native speakers.

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit 2019

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Dowagiac, Michigan
April 25-28, 2019

Call for Papers - Special Issue - Human Biology

About this Research Topic
Indigenous peoples have multiple ways of knowing and traditional knowledge systems that are distinct from non-Indigenous Western perspectives. These onto-epistemologies are embedded in oral traditions, ceremonial practices, beliefs, and general knowledge of our ancestors and inhabitants of global lands for millennia.

However, Indigenous science or traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is often overshadowed and minimized by modern Western science. The latter is often seen by the dominant society as being more “objective” whereas TEK might be viewed as anecdotal, imprecise, and valued only when in conjunction with largely non-Indigenous academic paradigms. This veneration of Western science has the effect of undermining the embodied and relational ways of knowing developed over countless generations, passed down by elders to the next generation, and rooted in centuries of observational and experiential learning.

The overarching goal of the proposed Special Issue is to present and elevate interdisciplinary research that incorporates Indigenous traditional approaches and worldviews in the sciences. These ways of knowing do not have to be antithetical; both are grounded in repeated empirical observations and making inferences based on predictions and patterned events. Indigenous knowledges (whether translatable or interoperable with Western perspectives) are widely varied and have contributed to Indigenous peoples’ understandings of the world. Syncretizing or integrating Indigenous and Western approaches diversifies and adds foundational knowledge and methods to diverse fields that can advance global understandings of health, medicine, ecology, anthropology, and biology at all intersections. Other outcomes include increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples in science and diversifying leaders and policy advocates in these fields.

By grounding research in Indigenous traditional knowledge, we will promote Indigenous science and scientists, researchers and scholars. Human Biology will highlight Indigenous Science with a special issue showcasing important interdisciplinary research. We encourage global Indigenous perspectives including voices from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and other groups around the world.

Submission types:
The special issue will accept Research, Review, or Perspective manuscript submissions presenting outstanding contributions that apply Indigenous approaches and data to questions of importance, including (but not limited to) the areas of:

  • Health and Medicine

  • Ecology or Environmental Science

  • Anthropology

  • Biology

  • Genetics, Genomics, or Epigenetics

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge

  • STEM representation

  • Science Education

  • Bioethics

Pre-submission Inquiry Deadline: Friday, May 2, 2019
You may email the editors at scienceindigenous@gmail.com.

42nd Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnobiology

Vancouver B.C., Canada
May 8-11, 2019
https://ethnobiology.org/conference/upcoming
The annual Ethnobiology Conference brings together people from an extraordinarily rich variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographic locations, all seeking to understand the myriad interactions of human cultures with plants and animals, past and present, worldwide. It attracts academics, students, museum staff, government and non-governmental agency personnel, interested laypeople, and Native/indigenous community members. Relevant fields go from Anthropology to Zoology: animal husbandry, agriculture, archaeology, botany, chemistry, cuisine, ecology, education, ethnology, evolution, forestry, linguistics, mycology, nutrition, pharmacology, taxonomy, and much more. Participants come from around the globe—the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Britain, Europe, China, Indian, Australia, Southeast Asia—to enjoy what for most is the most exciting and energizing conference they attend all year. Sponsored by the non-profit Society of Ethnobiology, the conference is held in the spring, in a different location each year. Meetings are usually hosted by university campuses or museums in the United States, although they have been held twice in Mexico and once in Canada.

Rising Voices

May 15-17, 2019
Boulder, Colorado
The 7th Annual Workshop for Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences will be held May 15-17, 2019, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO.

Rising Voices facilitates cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability, and climate change. It has developed into a vibrant and productive cross-cultural network of Indigenous and Western scientific professionals, tribal and community leaders, environmental and communication experts, students, educators, and artists from across the United States, including Alaska, Hawai‘i, and the Pacific Islands, and around the world. At its core, Rising Voices aims to advance science through collaborations that bring Indigenous and Earth (atmospheric, social, biological, ecological) sciences into partnership, supports adaptive and resilient communities through sharing scientific capacity, and provides opportunities for Indigenous students and early career scientists through scientific and community mentoring.

Native American Fish & Wildlife Society Conference

Conference Dates: May 20-23, 2019
Theme: “Through the Hands of our Grandmothers, our Mothers, and our
Daughters, we are the Stewards of Mother Earth”
https://nafws.org/events/national-conference
The Southwest Region of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society will be hosting the 37th Annual NAFWS National Conference hosted by the Gila River Indian Community at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Phoenix, Arizona. The purpose of the NAFWS National Conference is to provide a coordinated intertribal forum to communicate natural resource management issues in the management and conservation of all tribal natural resource and to educate the Tribal entities in the management of their tribal fish and wildlife resources. The agenda includes a track on traditional ecological knowledge.

Lake Superior Natural Resources Culture Climate Change

June 14-16, 2019
https://www.uwsp.edu/conted/ConfWrkShp/Pages/Climate-Change.aspx
Within the Lake Superior basin, global climate change is expected to cause increased annual temperature, decreased snow, and more frequent and extreme weather events. The Lake Superior Ojibwe have traditional ecological knowledge of the environment that has evolved over thousands of years, providing long term place-based supporting evidence of a changing climate. These changes are likely to affect local economies dependent upon the region's cultural and natural resources such as subsistence and recreational fishing, forest product manufacturing, wildlife, tourism, recreation and agriculture. Lake Superior tribal and coastal communities are already experiencing climate challenges and are implementing culturally relevant strategies to become more climate resilient.

This workshop provides field experience-based climate change training within Lake Superior's coastal communities and tribal lands. You will learn effective communication and response strategies that integrate qualitative and quantitative knowledge to increase climate literacy and promote resiliency--no matter what the community, audience, or location.

Applications Open for the 2019 Climate Strong! Educator Institute

Join a growing network of teachers and community educators who are engaging youth in climate leadership and community resiliency by attending the 2019 Climate Strong! Educator Institute, July 8-12 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI and field locations within Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay region including the Bad River and Red Cliff tribal communities.

This professional development opportunity is designed to build climate teaching and leadership competencies in formal and informal educators, community leaders, and youth educators especially those serving tribal youth. The training integrates Oijbwe traditional ecological knowledge and leadership teachings, place-based investigations, and climate research.

Institute applications are now being accepted with enrollment limited to 30 participants. There is no cost to attend. Stipends and follow up support including mini-grants for youth-led community climate resiliency projects are available. Participants will receive multi-disciplinary teaching tools and resources that will build climate leadership confidence and capacity, both personally and in the youth they serve.

Climate Strong! is a partnership between the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 1854 Treaty Authority, and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, with funding through a NOAA Climate Resiliency Grant.
For more information, Institute agenda, and an application visit the Climate Strong! website https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/nglvc/climate-strong/ or contact Cat Techtmann, University of Wisconsin-Extension Environmental Outreach Specialist at catherine.techtmann@ces.uwex; phone 715.561.2695.

Artic Futures 2050 Conference

September 6-9, 2019
Washington D.C.
https://www.searcharcticscience.org/arctic-2050/conference-2019
Arctic Futures 2050 will explore the opportunities and challenges for deeper dialogue between scientists, Indigenous knowledge holders, and those making and influencing policy. Our goal is to facilitate such dialogue and avenues to sustained collaboration. To that end, this conference asks:

  • What do we know, and what do we need to know about the Arctic, and why does it matter?
  • What challenges confront policy makers in the rapidly changing Arctic?
  • What basic research is needed to inform responses to Arctic change?
  • What applied research is needed to inform responses to change?
  • What tools can facilitate informing policy making with science and Indigenous knowledge?
  • What opportunities exist for partnerships between policy makers and scientists?

Invitees will include Arctic scientists; Indigenous knowledge holders; policy makers; natural resource managers; and military, industrial, and other operators in the Arctic.

Experience Ways of Knowing

Wild Center
Institute of Museum and Library Services and New York State of Opportunity Council on the Arts
https://www.wildcenter.org/visit/inside/ways-of-knowing/
Three new exhibits called “Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address,” “We are From Akwesasne,” “Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Science,” and “Sacred Food” opened May 25, 2018, in the Ways of Knowing experience within The Wild Center museum in New York State.

Last updated: April 17, 2019