Emerging Environmental Issues in Native Communities (Part 2)

September 27, 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.

This two-part series explored the current debates surrounding environmental protection in tribal and urban Indian communities. Part II focused on new challenges posed to tribes and Native Villages by a changing climate and strained natural resources, economic obstacles and opportunities for renewable development, climate-induced relocation, Environmental Justice and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Cynthia Harris
, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute (moderator)
James Grijalva, Law Professor & Director of Tribal Environmental Law Project, University of North Dakota School of Law
Pilar Thomas, Of Counsel, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Michael Walleri, Of Counsel, Gazewood & Weiner, PC

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