Agenda & Speakers

Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage

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Wednesday, December 6* – Friday, December 8, 2017
Memorial Union ▪ Ventana Ballroom
1290 S. Normal Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287
ASU Tempe Campus

*Wednesday, Dec. 6 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Pima Theater

Before The Flood film by Fisher Stevens. This film features Leonardo DiCaprio with contributions by many scientists and researchers from around the world, who meet and discuss the reality of climate change in various locations on five continents as they witness climate change firsthand.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Ventana Ballroom

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Check-In / Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Welcome, Blessing and Opening Remarks

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Climate Overview

  • Gregg Garfin, Deputy Director for Science Translation and Outreach, Institute of the Environment; Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist, School of the Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona                                                                                                   

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Cultural Heritage as a Human Right                                                                                      

  • Adam Markham, Moderator, Deputy Director of Climate and Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • F. Henry Lickers, Environmental Science Officer, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Mohawk Nation
  • Jeff Altschul, Principal, Statistical Research, Inc.
  • Rebecca Tsosie, Regents’ Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program; Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Arizona

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM – BREAK       

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Protecting Tribal Cultural Heritage in a Post-Paris Conference Climate                    

  • Dan Bodansky, Foundation Professor of Law; Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs
  • Adam Markham, Deputy Director of Climate and Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, International Indian Treaty Council

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch- Keynote Address                                                                                            

  • Joel Clement, Science and Climate Policy Expert, Whistleblower

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Specific Impacts of Climate Change on Native Lands                        

  • Derrick Beetso, Moderator, Senior Counsel, National Congress of American Indians
  • Dr. Margaret Hiza Redsteer, Staff Scientist, Earth Surface Processes Team, U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Science and Solutions, Northern Arizona University
  • Karen Diver, Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence, Native American Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica
  • Maija Lukin, Superintendent, Western Arctic National Parklands, National Park Service

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – BREAK

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM – Tribal Leader Panel and Small Group Discussions – IMPACTS

Thursday, Dec. 7 – 6:15 – 7:45 PM, Pima Theater:

On the evening of December 7, there will be a staged reading of nationally acclaimed playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle ’s play, Fairly Traceable. This play tells the story of two young attorneys – one a citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, the other a citizen of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe in southern Louisiana – who are both fighting to save their Tribal Nations and families from climate change. Click here to read reviews.

Friday, December 8, 2017 – Ventana Ballroom

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Check-In & Continental Breakfast                                                                                                       

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM – Solutions Unwrapped                                                                                                             

  • Karen Diver, Moderator, Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence, Native American Affairs, The College of St. Scholastica
  • Garrit Voggesser, National Director, Tribal Partnerships, National Wildlife Federation
  • Andrew Potts, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM – Tribal Adaptation                                                                                                                    

  • Rebecca Tsosie, Moderator, Regents’ Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program; Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Arizona
  • Nicolette Cooley, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University
  • Preston Hardison, Policy Analyst; Socioeconomic Adaptation Coordinator, Tulalip Tribes
  • Michael Durglo, Division Manager, Natural Resources Department, Environmental Protection, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM – BREAK

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Climate Justice                                                           

  • Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Moderator, Faculty Director, Indian Legal Program; Director, Indian Legal Clinic; Clinical Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Robert Hershey, Professor Emeritus, Indigenous Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona

12:30 PM – 2:15 PM – Lunch, Tribal Leader Panel and Small Group Discussions – SOLUTIONS

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM – BREAK

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Relocation                                                                                                                   

  • Robert Miller, Moderator, Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Fawn Sharp, Quinault, President, Quinault Indian Nation
  • Wenceslaus “Boyo” Billiot, Deputy Chief, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw
  • Stanley Tom, Tribal Administrator, Newtok Traditional Council, Newtok Village

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Lessons Learned from the Front:  DAPL Protest Report                                                        

  • Mary Kathryn Nagle, Moderator/Panelist, Partner, Pipestem Law
  • Terry Janis, Executive Director, Water Protector Legal Collective
  • Chase Iron Eyes, Attorney, Lakota People’s Law Project

5:00 PM – Closing Remarks and Adjourn