Mon, 05/22/2017

UCI to host conference on Native American tribes’ most urgent environmental issues

WHAT: UCI will host the first gathering of chiefs, governors and presidents of indigenous sovereign nations within the U.S., along with scholars from California State University and University of California campuses. The goal of the “Indigenous Peoples & the Environment: Compelling Urgency & the Imperative for Action” conference is to help inform environmental decision-making and influence governance outcomes and solutions throughout the entire country. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22.

WHERE: Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, 100 Academy Drive, on campus.

RSVP here.

Media planning to attend should RSVP to Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or pharrima@uci.edu. Parking is complimentary.

BACKGROUND:  Tribal leaders have been invited to speak about the most urgent environmental issues confronting their people, such as access to clean water, the effects of natural resource extraction, habitat destruction, the impact of climate change, wildlife and fisheries reductions, the disruption of ecosystems, and usurpation of sovereignty and territorial claims. Native American faculty in law, environmental studies and history, as well as directors of American Indian studies and associations, from all UC and CSU campuses will also take part in the conference. For more information: http://newkirkcenter.uci.edu/