Perspectives on Native Landscapes Symposium

Perspectives on Native Landscapes: Exploring Relationships Between Our Peoples and the Environment


While Native American communities have historically maintained a special and deliberate relationship with their ecological landscapes, the concept of environmentalism is not often associated with these populations in a contemporary context. The layered connections between the cultural, historical, legal, and physical environment for Native communities in the United States have influence on not only their physical well-being, but on the economical and spiritual stability of these communities as well. Perspectives on Native Landscapes seeks to highlight the multiple contexts through which we approach environmentalism as well as open conversations around relationships with our landscapes, homelands and natural resource management concerning Native communities.


Keynote Address:
Dr. Daniel Wildcat

Planning for Life-Enhancement: Vine Deloria Jr's Power + Place = Personality (the 3P) formula

With special presentations from
Dr. Beth Rose Middleton, UC Davis

Indigenizing Environmental Market-Based Solutions: Land Trusts and Carbon Credits


Josh Mori, Na Lawai'a Pono and Pakahi Academy

Ahupuaʻa i uka i ke kai. History of and Activism for Traditional Hawaiian Farming


Dr. Daniel Wildcat is a Professor of American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University.  He has worked extensively on climate change issues and has been instrumental in creating opportunities for students to research climate, science, and cultural topics.

Dr. Beth Rose Middleton (Afro-Caribbean, Eastern European) is Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis. Beth Rose was born and raised in the rural Sierra Nevada foothills of central California. Beth Rose’s research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Her broader research interests include intergenerational trauma and healing, rural environmental justice, Afro-indigeneity, qualitative GIS, and multi-cultural dimensions of conservation, land use, and planning. Beth Rose received her BA in Nature and Culture from UC Davis, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley. Beth Rose has published on Native economic development in Economic Development Quarterly, on political ecology and healing in the Journal of Political Ecology, on mapping allotment lands in Ethnohistory, and on using environmental laws for indigenous rights in Environmental Management. Her book on Native land trusts, Trust in the Land, was published in 2011 by University of Arizona Press. Beth Rose currently has papers under review regarding Garifuna site protection in the Caribbean, and the use of Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) designations to protect sites in the northern Sierra, and is working on a book manuscript on the impacts of hydroelectric development on indigenous lands. Beth Rose collaborates with organizations including the Maidu Summit Consortium and the Roundhouse Council Indian Education Center, and provides volunteer staff support for an emerging alliance of Native Land Trusts.

Josh Mori

Joshua Dean Iokua IkaikaLoa Mori resides in Kekaha, Kauaʻi where he runs a non-profit cross-cultural immersion camp between Native Hawaiian and Native American youth. He also started Pākahi Academy, a business built around reconnecting Hawaiian culture to individuals through fitness and personal training.  Josh graduated with a Bachelor degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Native American Studies from Montana State University where he is still the Montana Apprenticeship Program Coordinator.




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