Emerging Environmental Issues in Native Communities (Part 1)

September 19, 2017 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm



An ELI Public Seminar

Tribes and Native Villages are demonstrating reinvigorated environmental activism as they face increased pressures on natural resource use. Consequentially, some of the most significant new developments in environmental law are occurring in Indian country. Tribes and Native villages find themselves on the front line of disputes over natural resource management and pollution control in a nation undergoing political, economic, and social transition. Emerging issues include adaptation to climate change, asserting treaty rights over natural resources, and balancing pollution reduction against tribal economic interests. The impacts of these issues extend far beyond Indian country, and potentially globally.

ELI is pleased to present a two-part series to learn more about the current debates surrounding environmental protection in tribal and urban Indian communities. Part I focused on groundbreaking litigation, including the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and repercussions for Indian sovereignty, Agua Caliente Band v. Coachella Valley Water District ruling and tribe’s water rights, and determining energy development and tribal jurisdiction in the context of fracking. For information on the second event in this series, please go HERE.

Cynthia Harris
, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute (moderator)
Nicole Ducheneaux, Partner, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
John Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund
James Meggesto, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

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