Land, Water, & People: The Natural Resource Priorities of the Biden Administration

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Date(s) - 05/13/2021
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

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GWC Webinar Series The Climate Justice Lens Is Here to Stay

Land, Water, & People: The Natural Resource Priorities of the Biden Administration

Thursday, May 13, 2021
5:00-6:15 (MDT)
Zoom Webinar

2 Colorado CLE Credits Available

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The Climate Justice Lens Is Here to Stay Webinar Series is free and open to the public. Please register to receive the Zoom Webinar Link. 

Dean James Anaya will lead a moderated conversation with Secretary Haaland and Congressman Neguse exploring both agency and legislative priorities regarding public lands/water management, a Civilian Climate Corps, clean energy development, and related tribal issues – with an environmental/climate justice lens.

Deb Haaland, United States Secretary of the Interior

Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. She is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th generation New Mexican. 

As a single mother, Haaland struggled to put herself through college and at the age of 28, enrolled at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and later earned her J.D. from UNM Law School.   Haaland ran her own small business producing and canning Pueblo Salsa, served as a tribal administrator at San Felipe Pueblo, and became the first woman elected to the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors, overseeing business operations of the second largest tribal gaming enterprise in New Mexico. She successfully advocated for the Laguna Development Corporation to create policies and commitments to environmentally friendly business practices.  After running for New Mexico Lieutenant Governor in 2014, Secretary Haaland became the first Native American woman to be elected to lead a State Party. She is one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. In Congress, she focused on environmental justice, climate change, missing and murdered indigenous women, and family-friendly policies.  

Throughout her career in public service, Secretary Haaland has broken barriers and opened the doors of opportunity for future generations.  

Joe Neguse, United States Congressman, Colorado 2nd District

Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history. He serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship. 

In 2020, he was recognized as the most bipartisan member of Colorado’s congressional delegation by the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and received the “Spirit of Service” award from the Town Hall Project for his successful Service Town Hall initiative. The Center for Effective Lawmaking recently ranked Neguse among the top 10 most effective lawmakers in Congress, including as the most effective for legislation on public lands. 

Before his election, Neguse served as the Executive Director of Colorado’s consumer protection agency.  Previously, he was elected to represent Colorado’s 2nd District on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. He also has practiced law, and worked in the Colorado House of Representatives, as a Commissioner at Boulder Housing Partners and co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization non-profit. He received his B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

James Anaya, Dean, University of Colorado School of Law 

Dean James Anaya has taught and written extensively on international human rights and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Among his numerous publications are his acclaimed book, Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press (1996); 2d ed. (2004)), and his widely used textbook, International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy and Process (Wolters/Kluwer, 6th ed. 2011) (with Hurst Hannum and Dinah Shelton). He served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from May 2008 to June 2014.

Dean Anaya has lectured in many countries throughout the world. He has advised numerous indigenous and other organizations from several countries on matters of human rights and indigenous peoples, and he has represented indigenous groups from many parts of North and Central America in landmark cases before domestic and international tribunals, including the United States Supreme Court and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Among his noteworthy activities, he participated in the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the first time upheld indigenous land rights as a matter of international law. As UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Dean Anaya monitored the human rights conditions of indigenous peoples worldwide, addressed situations in which their rights were being violated, and promoted practical measures to secure indigenous peoples’ rights, travelling frequently to meet with government officials and visit indigenous communities.

Prior to becoming a full time law professor, he practiced law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, representing Native American peoples and other minority groups. For his work during that period, Barrister magazine, a national publication of the American Bar Association, named him as one of “20 young lawyers who make a difference.” Dean Anaya served on the law faculty at the University of Arizona from 1999 to 2016 and on the faculty of the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1999. Additionally, he has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Toronto, and the University of Tulsa.

Thursday, May 13 , 2021
5:00-6:15 (MDT)
Zoom Webinar Link:

The Climate Justice Lens Is Here to Stay Webinar Series is free and open to the public. Please register to receive the Zoom Webinar Link. 2 Colorado CLE Credits available.