Decolonizing Tribal Environmental Health: Making Environmental Science and Policy Work for Indian Nations

Decolonizing Tribal Environmental Health

Darren J. Ranco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Coordinator of Native American Research, University of Maine


Since the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington DC in 1991, Indigenous leadership in environmental justice movements has reflected cultural investments to ensure the health of the natural world for present and future generations.  In this talk, Darren Ranco will look at indigenous leadership on just, culturally appropriate alternative management systems in the context of climate adaptation, invasive species management, and environmental monitoring and regulation, with a focus on how tribal nations are defining and re-defining notions of environmental health.  He will pay particular attention to how tribes have used indigenous research methods and the “Health and Well-Being” model to develop knowledge, strategies, and regulatory models that protect tribal cultures and future generations.

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