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Talk on Indigenous Climate Justice Movements | CCASS


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CCASS/NNCAP welcomes Valerie Small!

Dr. Valerie Small (Apsaalooke'-Crow) has joined the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program as an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Small will be working with Tribes in the Southwest Region in collaboration with CCASS and NNCAP within the Institute of the Environment as well as the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC). She will develop and deliver educational training modules to increase their environmental technical capacity in preparing for, as well as predicting near-term/future effects of climate change.

Prior to joining the UA, Valerie was a training consultant with Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL), working with the North Central Climate Science Center. Her experience includes developing and conducting training and research to support North American Indigenous Tribes adaptation planning efforts to prepare for the effects of a warming climate.  

Talk on Indigenous Climate Justice Movements

Dr. Kyle Whyte of Michigan State Unversity will present a public lecture on March 8 at the University of Arizona on the surge of indigenous peoples' climate justice movements.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s effort to block the Dakota Access Pipeline is among the most recent Indigenous-led movements connected to climate justice. Dr. Kyle Whyte (Potawatomi) will provide an overview of the many different Indigenous-led efforts to achieve climate justice. These efforts have ranged from direct confrontations against extractive industries to policy work at international and national levels, and from knowledge networks seeking to reform climate science to local innovations designed to use traditional knowledge systems for adaptation and vulnerability assessment. Whyte’s talk will also explore some of the more theoretical aspects of Indigenous contributions to climate justice relevant to people working in Indigenous studies, climate science, decolonial theory and research, and environmental studies.

Dr. Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships among Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations.

His visit is sponsored by the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program (NNCAP) and the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS).