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Workshop:  Decolonizing Ecology and Indigenous Land Co-Management

May 17, 2019

UCI Student Center, Doheny Beach Rooms

Goal of the workshop:

  • to build shared understanding around the concepts of Indigenous land management and decolonizing ecology
  • to identify shared goals, such as the preservation and restoration of integrated ecological communities
  • to build collaborations amongst local tribes, ecologists, land management agencies, and other community members
  • to begin developing relationships with tribes to work toward the development of best practices for land co-management

Schedule

 

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.               Meet & Greet with Coffee & Snacks

 

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Introduction:  What does it mean to “decolonize”
ecology and what is “Indigenous land co-management”?

            Panelists

  • Sarah Kimball, Assistant Director of the Center for Environmental Biology and an Asst. Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Kathleen Johnson, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Associate Professor, Earth System Science, P.I. UCI Inclusive Excellence Grant–Natural Reserves and Building Relationships with Native Nations as Kuuyam (guests) on Indigenous Homelands
  • Angela Mooney D’Arcy, Acjachemen Nation, Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, Executive Director & Founder, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.            Session 1:  Interdisciplinary Approaches to Decolonizing

Ecology and Protecting Sacred Places

This session will continue the conversation around decolonizing ecology and Indigenous land co-management.  Panelists will explore what decolonization means for conservation and restoration ecology, discuss case studies advancing tribal shared governance structures for urban water management utilizing the intersection of art, activism and scholarship, share information about emerging and ongoing tribal university land partnerships, and highlight tribal and archaeological perspectives on protecting cultural resources in California State Parks.

Panelists

  • AnMarie Mendoza, Tongva-Gabrieleno, Tribal Scholar, Director, Indigenous Waters Program, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples
  • Celia Faiola, Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology School of Biological Sciences, UCI
  • Jessica Pratt, Assistant Teaching Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology School of Biological Sciences
  • Steve Allison, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology School of Biological Sciences
  • William Madrigal, Jr., Cahuilla and Luiseno, Professor of Native American Studies and Language, Tribal Scholar
  • Juliette Meling, Assistant State Archaeologist at California State Parks
  • IGNITE TALK
    • Amos Zerah, Using Remote Sensing to Assess Forest Response to Drought in Bears Ears National Monument, UT

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.          Session 2 Conversations on Conservation & Restoration

 

Noted ethnobotinist, tribal scholar, linguist and traditional cultural practitioner Richard Bugbee and Peter Bowler, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (SOE), Director, UCI Arboretum and Herbarium (IRVC) and Faculty Manager, UC Natural Reserve System’s San Joaquin Marsh and Burns Pinyon Ridge Reserves will explore what conservation and restoration mean from western and Indigenous science perspectives through a conversation with one another.

Panelists

  • Richard Bugbee, Payoomkawichum/Luiseno, Professor of Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology, Kumeyaay Community College
  • Peter Bowler, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Faculty Manager, UC Natural Reserve System’s San Joaquin Marsh and Burns Pinyon Ridge Reserves
  • IGNITE TALKS
    • Robert Fofrich, Accelerating Extinction Risk in a Changing World
    • Hailey Laskey, Management Recommendations for the Rare Plants in Orange County
    • Marcus Goncalves, Monitoring plan for invasive sea lavender within the Upper Newport Bay in Southern California
    • Alex Kuhn, Informing management strategies for invasive polyphagous shot hole borer

 

12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.            Lunch

1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.              Session 3:  Indigenous Lands Co-Management: Emerging &
Established Best Practices

This session will explain the basics of establishing a land trust and highlight existing and emerging best practices for Indigenous land reclamation via several local area case studies.

            Panelists

  • James Kirkpatrick, Cowlitz, Sacred Ecologies Program, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples,
  • Wallace Cleaves, Tongva, Associate Director, University Writing Program, Associate Professor of Teaching, University of California, Riverside
  • Nicole A. Johnson, Secretary, Native American Land Conservancy
  • Kathleen Johnson, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Associate Professor, Earth System Science, P.I. UCI Inclusive Excellence Grant–Natural Reserves and Building Relationships with Native Nations as Kuuyam (guests) on Indigenous Homelands
  • Shona Ganguly, Associate Director, Advocacy & Campaigns, Nature Conservancy
  • IGNITE TALKS
    • Crystal Cove Conservancy Educational Program: Data Quality Assurance Plan for Community Engaged Science (Kendra Walters, UCI R2R student, 5 minute “Ignite” talk)
    • Synthesis of ecological data at Crystal Cove State Park. (Shawn Pedron, UCI R2R student, 5 minute “Ignite” talk)

2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.              Break

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.              Breakout Sessions (Talking circles)

  • Creating an Indigenous Land Trust
  • Kuuyum and Building Successful Indigenous-University/Community Organization Partnerships for Land and Water Restoration Projects in Southern California
  • Restoration Ecology: Best Practices for including Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Protecting Cultural Resources

3:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.              Gallery Walk, Report Back from Breakout Sessions

 

 

4:15-4:30pm                           Where do we go from here?  Next steps & action items

 

4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.              CEB Intern Poster Session

5:00 p.m.                                Reception