Collaboration in Action: Building Bridges between American Indian Tribes and Climate Scientists

Successful collaborative research projects that include American Indian and non-American Indian researchers must overcome the challenges of a history of exploitative research ethics and the braiding of indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge. The Collaboration in Action project at the Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation has overcome this history and has successfully worked with Tribes across the Department of Interior’s Northeast region and scientists at the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) on planning for climate change that strengthens Indigenous resiliency and sovereignty. The Northeast region is home to over 80 federally and non-federally recognized Tribes across 22 states ranging from Minnesota in the West, Maine in the East and Kentucky in the South. Lessons learned from being an American Indian women anthropologist working as a cultural broker between the Tribes in the Northeast and climate scientists at the NECSC will be explored.

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Panel Discussion
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 3:55pm to 4:55pm
Marie Schaefer
Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation, Northeast Climate Science Center, Anthropology Department at Michigan State University
Marie Schaefer is a Research Assistant for the Sustainable Development Institute and is in the cultural anthropology PhD program at Michigan State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Eastern Michigan University, a Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and is an Anishinaabe from Michigan. Marie has had the opportunity to work for tribes in Arizona and Michigan. Her work focuses on traditional or indigenous knowledges revitalization especially manoomin (wild rice) revitalization as well as bridging indigenous knowledges and scientific knowledge using community-based participatory approaches. She is interested in how this collaboration between knowledge systems can contribute to sustainable futures for indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.