SPRING 2015 – SJSU Students report on nature + culture

When academia breaks out of the ivory tower, good things can happen. Once again, my students are reporting on tribal issues in the national media. Read and learn!

Klamath River salmonCalifornia Students Research the Impact of Drought on Tribes Indian County Today Media Network • March 9, 2015

” The relationship between the Hoopa and fish of the river, specifically the salmon, perpetuates the health of the tribe through its use as a resource for food, religious purposes, and commercial use. The Klamath River Basin and the salmon it produces are an irreplaceable resource both culturally and economically for the Hoopa people. ”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/09/california-students-research-impacts-drought-tribes-159410

Muwekma Ohlone California Students Research Federal Recognition and Water Rights Indian County Today Media Network • March 5, 2015

” Without access to traditional lands, many native communities are finding it harder to claim land rights as well as protect culturally significant plant and animal species that are intimately linked to their traditional and spiritual life ways.”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/05/california-students-research-federal-recognition-and-water-rights-159401

1.-herd-of-bison-copyCalifornia students report on the importance of the buffalo to the Lakota Indian County Today Media Network • March 3, 2015

” On the one hand, the buffalo is a cultural keystone species because it has shaped the Lakota cultural identity for centuries… [O]n the other hand, the buffalo is an ecological keystone species because of the balance it helped create in the ecosystem shared with Native Americans…”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/02/california-students-report-importance-buffalo-lakota-159376