Another Way of Knowing: Indian Tribes, Collaborative Management & Public Lands

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Date(s) - 08/25/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm





A Multi-University Webinar Series

The Getches-Wilkinson Center at Colorado Law (GWC) is proud to be part of an unprecedented coalition of university centers from across the American West who are hosting a series of Conservation Conversations. We are exploring critical challenges and identifying specific policies, programs, and strategies to help secure the long-term health of the nation’s natural resources, wildlife and landscapes, and broaden the benefits for all Americans. Held twice a month through October, this series is delving into a number of timely topics, such as the 30×30 campaign, wildfire management, conservation as a rural economic driver, traditional knowledge and collaborative management, equitable access, urban green space, and environmental justice. We invite you to join these discussions to help forge the best solutions to confront the widespread environmental dilemmas facing our country in 2020 and beyond.

Another Way of Knowing: Indian Tribes, Collaborative Management & Public Lands
Tuesday, August 25, from Noon -1:00 pm (MDT)

Steeped in on-the-ground experience, our speakers will discuss the role that traditional knowledge and collaborative management can and should play in decision-making on public lands. This will include lessons learned from Bears Ears National Monument, specific recommendations about integrating collaborative management between Tribes and federal agencies on public lands, and the ways traditional knowledge can enrich our understanding of the natural world.


Daniel Cordalis is a member of the Navajo Nation who grew up in Durango, Colorado. Daniel practices natural resources and Indian law in California. He works closely with Tribes to protect their water, natural resources, and cultural resources through litigation, resource negotiations, land acquisition, and tribal governance and land management initiatives. Daniel also serves as a member of the GWC Advisory Council.

Jim Enote is a Zuni tribal member, a high-altitude traditional farmer since childhood, and the CEO of the Colorado Plateau Foundation. For over 20 years, he has tackled land and water conservation issues around the world and is committed to conserving and protecting his own and other Native cultures. He is currently involved in efforts to repatriate Zuni artifacts and in cultural mapping at Zuni Pueblo.

Photo of Charles WilkinsonCharles Wilkinson is the Moses Lasky Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Colorado School of Law. He has also been named as Distinguished Professor, one of just twenty-five on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus. After graduating from Stanford Law School and practicing with Phoenix and San Francisco firms, Wilkinson joined the Native American Rights Fund in 1971 as a staff attorney. Since 1975, he has taught at the Oregon and Colorado law schools, receiving many teaching and research awards.

Alice Madden is the Executive Director of the GWC. Alice practiced law for a decade before running for the Colorado House of Representatives in 2000. As Majority Leader, Alice led the passage of an historically progressive agenda. She then served as Gov. Ritter’s Climate Change Advisor, was a Climate Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and later held the Timothy Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at CU Denver. In 2013, she was appointed to a high-level leadership position in the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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If you cannot join us, you can find recordings of all the conversations and the full schedule here: Conservation Conversations

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