Thursday, December 7 – Friday, December 8
  8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Union // Ventana
1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe, AZ 85287
ASU Tempe campus

Extreme weather and climate events have increased over the past 50 years. Indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change because they are often inextricably tied to their land.  As a result, climate change not only threatens the landscape, but also cultural identity.  Policy discussions thus far have failed to address the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage.  Indigenous people have already begun using their resiliency and traditional knowledge to mitigate climate change impacts on their land.  This conference builds on that foundation by focusing specifically on the impacts of climate change on tribal cultural heritage.

We will bring together tribal leadership and members, scientists, scholars, attorneys and activists to discuss climate change threats and challenges faced by indigenous communities.  The goal is to share knowledge and resources with tribal representatives to respond to threats to cultural heritage by addressing:  Is cultural heritage a human right, and why is tribal cultural heritage important?  How does climate change impact tribal cultural heritage? How can tribal communities maintain cultural heritage in the face of changing climate risks?  Attendees will participate in sessions that focus on identifying obstacles and proposing solutions to these challenges.

*Note: Wednesday, December 6 – evening screening featuring Before The Flood

ASU W9 Form for Accounting Office

Conference Hosts:
Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Conference Planning Committee:
Patty Ferguson-Bohnee and Kate Rosier

Conference Coordinator:
Jennifer Williams, Legal Assistant, Indian Legal Program
Email: Jennifer.H.Williams@asu.edu or (480) 727-0420

Beus Center for Law and Society at Arizona State University
111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ  85004-4467

Download PDF Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage flyer.

Imagery generously provided by a team of community artists who took part in a global mural series entitled “Water Writes,” which shed light on water issues locally. Several Water Writes murals are located in California, El Salvador, South Africa, and this specific wall mural is located at downtown Phoenix, AZ. This innovative collaboration includes Black Mesa Water Coalition and the Estria Foundation.

Mario Alba
Ramon Aguirre
David Alvarez
Jules Badoni
Averian Chee
Lalo Cota
Angel Diaz
Xochitl Enrique
Edgar Fernandez
Jeremy Fields
Ivan Garcia
Jeff Slim
Kim Smith