Spring 2016 ​Indigenous Sustainability Science

AIS 475 C: Indigenous Sustainability Science: Applying Western and Native Sciences to Restore and Reconnect to the Environment

Instructor: Clarita Lefthand-Begay

Weds & Fri 3:30 – 5:20 pm

5 credits I&S, NW (email native for NW credit)

This newly offered class will have an interdisciplinary focus on how tribes and tribal partners are managing human-environmental systems, and incorporating indigenous knowledge and western science into their stewardship practices. We will also explore some of the most pressing environmental issues faced by tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

This course will provide several 2-hour seminar style classes where students will examine reading assignments, and participate in discussions. The remaining class meetings will consist of fieldwork to help carry out ecological restoration projects. Students will better understand definitions of sustainability, have a greater appreciation for human connections with ecosystems, be able to identify indigenous stewardship methods, and understand how some tribes are addressing environmental and climate change concerns.

This course is open to grad and undergrad students. Those students who are interested must email the instructor, Clarita Lefthand-Begay, for an add code (clarita). A draft of the schedule is available here: http://claritalb.org/ais475C/. Also, here are some photos from last year’s class: http://claritalb.org/edu/photos/

There are 3 field trips organized in this class. Trip #2 is required, but students can choose between Trip #1 or #3.

· Field trip #1: April 21-22: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation


· Field trip #2: April 28-29: Rain gardens

​and phytoremediation ​

101 in Seattle neighborhood (LOCAL)

· Field trip #3: May 4-5: Plant Center on the Elwha


For other details see the attached flyer and the AIS website: https://ais.washington.edu/courses/2016/spring/ais/475/c