The Joseph A. Myers Center is housed at UC Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI). The Center's mission is to provide the people of Indian country with pragmatic research products that can be employed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans throughout the US. Read more here.
Community voices: the making and meaning of the Xáxli'p Community forest
The Xáxli'p Community Forest (XCF) is an evolving example of how Indigenous communities are redefining sustainability and asserting their sovereignty through natural resource governance. Written as part of a doctoral dissertation research project by Dr. Sibyl Diver, Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University and a former Myers Center mini-grant recipient, "Community Voices: The Making and Meaning of the Xáxli'p Community Forest" traces over twenty years of negotiations leading up to the XCF in British Columbia, Canada. The report also discusses current XCF efforts to restore the interconnected ecological and cultural systems that make up Xáxli'p Survival Territory. The report is intended as a resource for teachers, policy-makers, community advocates, community-engaged scholars, and others. To read the report and for more information, see www.xcfc.ca.
Myers Center Affiliated Graduate Student, Tasha Hauff, offers insights from standing rock
In January this year I moved to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to take a position at Sitting Bull College teaching Native American Studies, including the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ language. Standing Rock is where I wanted to be because of its incredible work with indigenous language revitalization, particularly its growing PK-2nd grade immersion school. The Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, its overflow, and accompanying Red Warrior camp, all organizations protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, are just thirty minutes from where I work and live. I am truly humbled by those who have dedicated days, weeks, and for some, months of their lives living right next to the Missouri River, becoming her protectors and advocates. Read more here.
Myers Center Graduate Fellow Awarded Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Peter Nelson, PhD candidate in Anthropology, was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from the Ford Foundation. Peter is a Coast Miwok person and an enrolled citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His dissertation research investigates the history of environmental change and Indigenous landscape management in his tribe's territory in order to inform and support sustainable practices and policies for the restoration and management of parks and open spaces.
2016 Native American Museum Studies Institute - June 21-24
From June 21-24, 18 professionals and volunteers from tribal museums and cultural centers gathered for four days of training in museum skills. Sponsored in collaboration with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and supported with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the goal of the training is to develop the capacity of tribal community members to conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal community members through museum development exhibits. The participants (from California, Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Maine) came from a range of institutions, including some in the planning stages. In addition to learning from more than a dozen presenters (associated with the Myers Center, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Center for Digital Archaeology, the Oakland Museum of California, the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Thacher Gallery at USF, the California Association of Museums, the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation, Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, and the Huhugam Heritage Center), participants enjoyed the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with each other. Read more about the institute here.
MYERS CENTER RELEASES "DEADLY ROADS" REPORT
Researchers at the Myers Center recently completed a pilot project that examined fatality and injury rates involving pedestrians and motorists on main thoroughfares in or near Indian country in Humboldt County, California. Every year thousands of motorists die and millions more are injured on the nation’s roadways. But while the number of fatal crashes nationally has declined by 2% over the past 25 years, the number of vehicle-related fatalities in or near Indian country has increased over 50%. In order to understand the reasons for this increase and to begin developing safety countermeasures, we need better data documenting the problem. This pilot study combined analysis of CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) database and other sources of crash data with GIS mapping to document the areas in or near Indian country in Humboldt County with the highest rates of vehicle related injuries and fatalities over the past five years. The Myers Center plans to expand this pilot study into a statewide analysis of fatality and injury rates in or near Indian country in California. The results of the analysis will be used to help Native nations document the dangers associated with roadways that, while they run through Indian country, are the responsibility of the state to ensure safe passage. To read a report summarizing the pilot study's findings, click here.
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