SPR 2015 Courses: Indigenous Sustainability Science and Tribal Communities (AIS 475 C) and Water, Health, and Ecosystem Services (AIS 475 D)

AIS 475C: ​Indigenous Sustainability Science and Tribal Communities
Spring 2015
Friday​s from​ 9:30-11:20am and 3 full-day field trips
SLN:10211/ 5 CR
Instructor: Clarita Lefthand-Begay
Class website: http://claritalb.org/edu/2015/spring/ais475C/

Course Description:
This newly offered class will have an interdisciplinary focus on how tribes 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 3 full-days of fieldwork with 3 Washington State tribes to help carry out ecological restoration projects developed by their Natural Resource Departments. 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. Please contact clarita@uw.edu with any questions.

​Flyer: http://claritalb.org/edu/2015/spring/ais475C/files/AIS_475C_SPRING.pdf

AIS 475D: ​Water, Health, and Ecosystem Services
Spring 2015
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:20 PM
SLN:10212/ 5 CR I&S
Instructor: Clarita Lefthand-Begay

Course Description: At the completion of this class, you will understand water security, ecosystem services, and connections between water, culture and health disparities within indigenous communities in the United States. The class will also discuss the importance of self-determination for tribal and indigenous communities that are struggling to meet their community’s water security needs. Other topics will include tribal health disparities, water policies, fish consumption rates, water scarcity, ocean acidification, dam removal, and self-determination, which you will learn via class and guest lectures, readings, short essay writings, group discussions, and delivering brief PowerPoint and poster presentations.

Please contact clarita@uw.edu with any questions.

Course flyer: https://ais.washington.edu/sites/ais/files/course-flyers/spr2015_475d.pdf

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